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 (1951) See more »


Cotton Blossom
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Dock Workers and Townspeople
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Jersey's Pride and Joy
22 September 2002 | by (New Jersey or Boston) – See all my reviews

I first saw the Papermill Playhouse of Show Boat on PBS when I was 4 years old and I still watch my old worn out copy of the original broadcast and I get the chills. It's the greatest version of Show Boat that is out there. Being from New Jersey, I have gone to the Papermill Playhouse to see other performances, but Show Boat is still what they are most famous for. All the original still photographs are still hanging in the theater lobby. Many of the Show Boat performances still perform at the theater and are still complemented on their Show Boat performances even though it was first performed in 1984. Even after repeated viewings it still gives me the chills. Ol' Man River has the most soul in this version and you're heart just breaks when Joe sings it as Julie and Steve leave the Cotton Blossom. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man has the most energy and the girls dancing is on target. All the songs are intact and sung with such emotion that the viewer is feeling what the characters are. This is the best version out there, but unfortunatly even Papermill has lost track of a copy. If anyone knows if this is available to buy or even the soundtrack please post any information. There is a reason IMDB users have rated this version so high.

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