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Showboat floats back to Sac

Jennifer Hope Wills stars as Magnolia and Gordon Goodman as Ravenal in "Show Boat" produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Photo by Charr Crail
Jennifer Hope Wills stars as Magnolia and Gordon Goodman as Ravenal in "Show Boat" produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Photo by Charr Crail

“Show Boat,” the American musical masterpiece with a grand score by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern that includes the classic songs “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” is now showing at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 14.

Generally considered America’s first true musical, the show has not been at Music Circus in 12 years, and this is its first time at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. The superb cast includes a Tony Award nominee and three veterans of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway.

Playing the role of Gaylord Ravenal in this production of “Show Boat” will be Ron Bohmer, who played the Phantom on a national tour of “The Phantom of the Opera” and was last at Music Circus in the 2012 production of “Spamalot.” Magnolia will be played by Jennifer Hope Wills, who played Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway for nearly four years and was last at Music Circus 10 years ago in “Camelot” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Playing Julie will be Nikki Crawford, a TV, film and theater actress whose credits include “Stormy Weather,” “Othello” and “Play On!”

Phillip Boykin, a renowned Broadway actor who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2012 for his performance as Crown in “Porgy and Bess” will play the role of Joe. Queenie will be played by Sharon Wilkins, who performed in the original Broadway companies of “All Shook Up” and “Seussical.”

Playing Cap’n Andy will be George Lee Andrews, who holds the record for the most performances in the same Broadway show after appearing in “The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway” for nearly 25 years. Music Circus favorite Jennifer Cody, whose Broadway credits include “Shrek The Musical,” “The Pajama Game” and “Taboo,: will play Ellie. Gordon Goodman, who has performed dozens of roles for film, TV and stage, including appearances in several Music Circus productions, will portray the role of Steve. In her Music Circus debut Audrie Neenan, whose Broadway credits include “Sister Act,” “Oklahoma!” and “The Odd Couple,” will play Parthy Ann Hawks. Frank will be played by stage, TV and film actor Jamie Torcellini, who just appeared in the acclaimed Music Circus production of “The Wizard of Oz” and whose Broadway credits include “Me and My Girl,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Billy Elliot the Musical.” Playing Windy will be Doug Carfrae, who also just appeared in “The Wizard of Oz” at Music Circus and whose Broadway and touring credits include “Ragtime,” “City of Angels” and “The Pajama Game.”

Director for this production of Show Boat is Glenn Casale, choreographer is Dan Mojica and music director is Dennis Castellano. This will be the 13th Music Circus production of the show. It was the first show ever produced at Music Circus, in 1951; the most recent production was in 2001.

Music Circus is produced under the leadership of California Musical Theatre Artistic Director Glenn Casale and Executive Producer Scott Klier. California Musical Theatre President and CEO is Richard Lewis.

“Show Boat” tickets range from $30 to $74 and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at tickets.com or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Evening performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday, July 10, and Sunday, July 14; 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13. Matinee performances are scheduled at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, and Saturday, July 13.

For more information visit SacramentoMusicCircus.com.

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