With Show Boat, Jerome Kern invented the modern musical.
The greatest songwriters revered him. And his songs—from “All the Things You Are” to “The Way You Look Tonight”—remain a vital part of our cultural conversation. It is no accident that Jerome Kern is “The Dean.”
Deborah Grace Winer, artistic director & host
John Oddo, music director & piano
Mark Waldrop, stage director
Karrin Allyson, vocals
Debby Boone, vocals
Jeffry Denman, vocals & choreographer
Howard McGillin, vocals
Paula West, vocals
Karen Ziemba, vocals
Barbara Carroll, special guest
Aaron Heick, reeds
George Rabbai, trumpet
Dick Sarpola, bass
Jay Leonhart, bass & vocals
Dave Ratajczak, drums
For a selected song list, artistic director intro and bios, click Program Notes tab.
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The May 4 evening performance is underwritten by The Henry Nias Foundation, courtesy of Dr. Stanley Edelman. The May 5 evening performance is underwritten by the Estate of Sanford Goldstein, in memory of Harold W. and Ida L. Goldstein.