A stage production of the classic musical, videotaped in front of a live audience at the Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey.



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Episode credited cast:
Richard White ...
Shelly Burch ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marsha Bagwell ...
Lauren Gaffney ...
Larry Grey ...
Robert Jensen ...
Michael McCarty ...
Lenora Nemetz ...
Monte Ralstin ...
Lee Roy Reams ...
Lawrence Vincent ...


A stage production of the classic musical, videotaped in front of a live audience at the Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey.

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27 October 1989 (USA)  »

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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 »


Joe: [referring to Magnolia] She oughta ask Ol' River what he thinks. He knows all 'bout dem boys. He knows all about everything.
Joe: 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.
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Version of Show Boat (1929) See more »


Ol' Man River
(third reprise)
Sung by P.L. Brown
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Excellent, complete adaptation
28 June 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

One of the best filmed versions of Show Boat (the other is the visually stunning 1951 film, but it consolidates a lot of plot, dropping songs along the way and relegating the black characters to minor roles) taken direct from the stage at Paper Mill Playhouse. By the time the third generation is introduced at the finale, you have felt the passage of many years and the weighty effects time can have on people's lives and perspectives....ole man river just keeps rollin along!

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