Cyprus Mail

One Mississippi, two Mississippi…

By Maria Gregoriou

Next Sunday the screening of the musical classic Show Boat, performed by the San Francisco Opera, will transport viewers into a world of love and racism in 19th Mississippi.

The two act musical tells a tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s.

According to the Chicago Classical Review the musical directed by Francesca Zambella is “a triumph – a stylish, fast-paced and colourful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long.”

It is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism.

The show will bring to life some of the classical songs by lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, including “Ol’ Man River,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “Make Believe” and “You Are Love.”

General director David Gockley envisioned his version of Show Boat as being “done in grand opera fashion in the way the creators conceived. The Opera House is – I believe – the appropriate venue for these great classic musicals that require full-voiced, ‘legit’ singing.”

There will be screenings of Show Boat at Cineplex cinemas in all the major towns.

Show Boat

Screening of a recorded version of the musical Show Boat as performed at the San Francisco Opera. July 5. K Cineplex Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos. 7.30pm. €10/8. Tel: 24-819022

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