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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Did You Know?


This is one of the few stage productions of "Show Boat" since 1966 to use all of the original lyrics of the song "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man". In 1966, some of the lyrics were rewritten by an anonymous source for fear they might be considered racist. See more »


Gaylord Ravenal: [referring to Parthy] Every time she calls, you jump. Why?
Cap'n Andy Hawks: Why?
Cap'n Andy Hawks: That woman's got a mean disposition!
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Version of Show Boat (1936) See more »


You Are Love
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Richard White and Rebecca Baxter
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Terrific version of classic musical
28 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best cast versions of this work albeit mostly excellent Broadway performers that are largely unknown outside of New York. In addition, it incorporates songs from the movie versions of this work that up until the time this production was filmed were never used in stage presentations. These extra songs nicely flesh out the Black characters in the work and prevent them from becoming stereotypes.

This version should be available for purchase on DVD and tape but is not due to the estates of the dead owners of this work. The copyright to this work has been convoluted for years (to say the least) and the lawyers representing R&H, Kern, and Edna Ferber are a greedy lot who are always hoping for a better deal to come along with a new production. IT's not going to happen and they should just let PBS release their version before technology begins to make it look to old to be released.

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