Greenwich, CT: Welk, [after 1927]. Folio. Original publisher's decorative blue wrappers.  (title),  (named cast list),  (scenes),  (musical numbers), 5-192, [ii] (blank) pp.
Wrappers slightly worn.
"In 1927 Kern produced his most important work, Show Boat, a musical play with words by Oscar Hammerstein II, and perhaps the most influential Broadway musical play ever written in that it impelled composers of Broadway musicals to concern themselves with the whole integrated production as opposed to writing Tin Pan Alley songs for interpolation."
"At least six songs, which are integral to the characterization and story, have become standard favourites, including ‘Ol’ Man River’, ‘Can’t help lovin’ dat man’, ‘Make Believe’, and ‘Why do I love you?’. Show Boat has been filmed three times, and was the first musical to enter an opera company’s repertory (New York City Opera, 1954). The rediscovery of the original performing material, with orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett (Kern’s regular orchestrator from 1923) led to a large-scale recording in 1987 and widespread opera house productions."
"By the time of Show Boat Kern had become a mature and rounded composer, able to capture the dignity of ‘Ol’ Man River’ as readily as the light fluency of ‘Why do I love you?’ and the effective harmonic shifts of ‘Can’t help lovin’ dat man’." Ronald Byrnside and Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. Item #27380
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