A stage production of the classic musical, videotaped in front of a live audience at the Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey.
Did You Know?
The character Rubber Face Smith is omitted from this production, as is now the usual practice. Rubber Face was played in the 1927, 1932 and 1946 stage productions of "Show Boat" by Francis X. Mahoney
, who is the only actor associated with the role. He also played it in the 1936 film version and in a 1948 City Center revival of the show shortly before his death. Since Mahoney's death, the role, a tiny one to begin with, and one having almost nothing to do with the plot, has often been omitted. In this 1989 production of "Show Boat", Rubber Face's lines are given to Windy, the ship's pilot. See more
[referring to Magnolia
She oughta ask Ol' River what he thinks. He knows all 'bout dem boys. He knows all about everything.
Dere's an ol' man called the Mississippi / Dat's the ol' man dat I'd like to be / What does he care if the world's got troubles? / What does he care if the land ain't free./ Ol' Man River / Dat Ol' Man River / He mus' know sumpin' / But don't say nothin' / He jus'keeps rollin' / He keeps on rollin' along.
Version of Show Boat
Ol' Man River
Sung by P.L. Brown See more