Show Boat

Broadway Revival (1946)

Trivia & History

Jerome Kern's producer credit was posthumus as he died a couple of months before this production opened.

The playbill contained the following note from Oscar Hammerstein 2nd.:

Mr. Kern and I have kept the libretto and score of "Show Boat" substantially as they were when originally written in 1927.  We have eliminated one "front scene" and three minor musical numbers.  We have added one new song in the last scene of the play, "Nobody Else But Me."  This takes the place of a series of imitations of stars of the Twenties performed in this spot by the original Magnolia, Miss Norma Terris.

I am particulalry anxious to point out that the lyric for the song "Bill" was written by P. G. Wodehouse.  Although he has always been given credit in the program, it has frequently been assumed that since I wrote all the other lyrics for "Show Boat," I also wrote this one, and I have had praise for it which belongs to another man.

The production cost was estimated at $275,000 with 75% of it being supplied by Metro-Golwyn-Mayer.

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