He sang and acted the role of Joe in "Show Boat" in at least three stage productions, a 1976 Bicentennial production starring Shirley Jones as Magnolia, a 1981 touring company starring Van Johnson as Cap'n Andy, and the Houston Opera's 1983 production starring Donald O'Connor as Cap'n Andy. This 1983 production eventually went ...
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He was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award (Best Actor in a Musical) in 1991, the year he died, for his performance in the 1990s London revival of "Show Boat". He lost to Philip Quast for "Les Miserables".