SHOWBOAT with Thomas S. Hischak

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There would be no OKLAHOMA! without SHOWBOAT. Hard stop. So why does the former get the glory of marking the beginning of modern musical theatre? Today, historian and author Thomas S. Hischak joins us to discuss the singular splash of the 1927 epic musical SHOWBOAT, and how its creators set out to make a truly American musical. Whether or not you know all the lyrics to “Ol’ Man River” by heart, you’ll want to after listening to this episode.

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