Show Boat

Original Broadway Production (1927)

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Original Musical Numbers List


Act One

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  • Overture .... Orchestra
  • Cotton Blossom .... Stevedores & Townspeople
  • Parade and Ballyhoo .... Cap'n Andy, Show Boat Troupe & Townspeople
  • Where's the Mate for Me? .... Ravenal
  • Make Believe .... Ravenal & Magnolia
  • Ol' Man River .... Joe & Jubilee Singers
  • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man .... Julie, Queenie, Magnolia, Joe & Windy
  • Life Upon the Wicked Stage .... Ellie & Girls
  • Till Good Luck Comes My Way .... Ravenal & Men
  • Misery .... Jubilee Singers
  • I Might Fall Back on You .... Ellie, Frank & Girls
  • C'mon, Folks .... Queenie & Jubilee Singers
  • You Are Love .... Ravenal & Magnolia
  • Act One Finale (Wedding Scene) .... Ensemble

Act Two

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  • At the Fair .... Sightseers, Barkers & Dandies
  • Adagio Dance .... Sidell Sisters
  • Dandies on Parade .... Sightseers, Barkers & Dandies
  • Why Do I Love You? .... Magnolia, Ravenal, Cap'n Andy, Parthy & Company
  • In Dahomey .... Jubilee Singers & Dahomey Dancers
  • Bill .... Julie
  • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (reprise) .... Magnolia
  • Service and Scene Music, St. Agatha's Convent .... Nuns
  • Apache Dance .... Sidell Sisters
  • Goodbye, My Lady Love .... Frank & Ellie
  • After the Ball .... Magnolia & Ensemble
  • Ol' Man River (reprise) .... Joe
  • Hey, Feller .... Queenie & Jubilee Singers
  • You Are Love (reprise) .... Ravenal
  • Why Do I Love You? (reprise) .... Kim & Flappers
  • Eccentric Dance
  • Kim's Imitations .... Kim
  • Tap Dance .... Una Val
  • Finale .... Company

Additional Musical Numbers Lists

  • Pittsburgh Song List (11/21/1926)


    • Act One

    • Cotton Blossom
    • Cap'n Andy's Ballyhoo
    • Where's the Mate for Me?
    • Make Believe
    • Ol' Man River
    • Musical Scena
    • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
    • Life on the Wicked Stage
    • Till Good Luck Comes My Way
    • Ol' Man River (Reprise)
    • C'mon, Folks
    • You Are Love
    • Act I Finale

    • Act Two

    • At the Fair
    • Dandies on Parade
    • Why Do I Love You?
    • Specialty
    • In Dahomey
    • My Girl
    • Bill
    • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Reprise)
    • Coal Black Lady
    • Bully Song
    • Service and Scene Music, St. Agatha's Convent
    • Make Believe (Reprise)
    • Apache Dance
    • Hello, My Baby
    • After the Ball
    • Ol' Man River (Reprise)
    • Why Do I Love You? (Reprise)
    • Eccentric Dance
    • Tap Dance
    • Ol' Man River (Finale)

  • Washington D.C. Song List (11/15/1927)


    • Act One

    • Cotton Blossom .... Stevedores, Gals, Mincing Mises and Beaux
    • Cap'n Andy's Ballyhoo .... Andy
    • Only Make Believe .... Ravenal and Magnolia
    • Old Man River .... Joe and Stevedores
    • Musical Scena .... Magnolia and Julie
    • Can't Help Lovin' That Man .... Julie, Queenie, Magnolia, Windy and Joe
    • Life on the Wicked Stage .... Elly and Girls
    • Till Good Luck Comes My Way .... Ravenal and Men
    • Mis'ry's Comin' Round .... Queenie, Joe and Helpers
    • I Would Like to Play a Lover's Part .... Frank, Elly, Belles and Beaux
    • C'mon, Folks .... Queenie and Jubilee Singers
    • You Are Love .... Magnolia and Ravenal
    • Act I Finale .... Entire Cast

    • Act Two

    • At the Fair
    • Dandies on Parade .... Sightseers, Barkers, Dandies, etc.
    • Cheer Up .... Magnolia, Andy, Parthy and Sightseers
    • Specialty .... Sidell Sisters
    • In Dahomey .... Jubilee Singers and Dahomey Dancers
    • My Girl .... Frank and Elly
    • Bill .... Julie
    • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Reprise) .... Magnolia
    • Coal Black Lady
    • Bully Song .... Queenie
    • Make Believe (Reprise) .... Ravenal and Kim
    • Trocadero Ballet .... Danceuse and Ballet Girl
    • Specialty .... Sidell Sisters
    • Hello, My Baby .... Elly and Frank
    • After the Ball .... Magnolia
    • Ol' Man River (Reprise) .... Joe
    • You Are Love (Reprise) .... Ravenal
    • It's Getting Hotter in the North .... Kim and Flappers
    • Eccentric Dance .... Constance MacKenzie
    • Tap Dance .... Una Val
    • Dance .... Elly and Frank
    • Dance .... Andy
    • Dance .... Levee Girls
    • Finale

  • Cleveland Song List (11/28/1927)


    • Act One

    • Cotton Blossom
    • Cap'n Andy's Ballyhoo
    • Where's the Mate for Me?
    • Make Believe
    • Ol' Man River
    • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
    • Life on the Wicked Stage
    • Till Good Luck Comes My Way
    • Ol' Man River (Reprise)
    • Be Happy, Too
    • C'mon, Folks
    • You Are Love
    • Act I Finale

    • Act Two

    • At the Fair
    • Dandies on Parade
    • Why Do I Love You?
    • In Dahomey
    • Bill
    • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Reprise)
    • Service and Scene Music, St. Agatha's Convent
    • Make Believe (Reprise)
    • Apache Dance
    • Goodbye, My Lady Love
    • After the Ball
    • Ol' Man River (Reprise)
    • Hey, Feller
    • Why Do I Love You? (Reprise)
    • Eccentric Dance
    • Tap Dance
    • Ol' Man River (Finale)

  • Philadelphia Song List (12/5/1927)


    • Act One

    • Cotton Blossom
    • Cap'n Andy's Ballyhoo
    • Where's the Mate for Me?
    • Make Believe
    • Ol' Man River
    • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
    • Life on the Wicked Stage
    • Till Good Luck Comes My Way
    • Ol' Man River (Reprise)
    • I Might Fall Back on You
    • C'mon, Folks
    • You Are Love
    • Act I Finale

    • Act Two

    • At the Fair
    • Dandies on Parade
    • Why Do I Love You?
    • In Dahomey
    • Bill
    • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Reprise)
    • Service and Scene Music, St. Agatha's Convent
    • Make Believe (Reprise)
    • Trocadero Ballet
    • Apache Dance
    • Goodbye, My Lady Love
    • After the Ball
    • Ol' Man River (Reprise)
    • Hey, Feller
    • Why Do I Love You? (Reprise)
    • Eccentric Dance
    • Tap Dance
    • Ol' Man River (Finale)



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