The Matthew Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts of the 2011/12 Lyric Opera of Chicago season continue on Classical 90.5 this Saturday, June 16, at noon with a performance of Show Boat by Jerome Kern, with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber. The performance will run approximately three hours and thirty minutes.

The Lyric's spectacular new production marshals the choral and orchestral forces of our world-renowned company to present Show Boat in all its glory. Created in 1927, this seminal masterpiece gave American musical theater and opera a new voice — one with powerful subject matter, astonishing musical variety and an unmistakably American atmosphere. Moving from 1890s Mississippi to Chicago to “Roaring 20s” Broadway, Show Boat follows the lives of a company of theater folk — deeply involving us in their triumphs and sorrows, while illuminating the racial and social changes that were shaping the country. There's a captivating cast of characters: Julie, Joe, Queenie…and especially Magnolia and Ravenal. She’s an aspiring young actress; he’s an irresistible, gambling cad who leaves her when his luck runs out. But Magnolia moves on with her life — eventually becoming a major star. With unforgettable songs and an epic story that moves us with its humanity Show Boat is both great entertainment and great art.

John DeMain conducts and Michael Black is the chorus master.

Ravenal: Nathan Gunn
Magnolia: Ashley Brown
Julie: Alyson Cambridge
Joe: Morris Robinson
Queenie: Angela Renée Simpson