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Old 04-18-2007, 03:13 PM
Keith Norrington Keith Norrington is offline
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Location: On the "Beautiful Ohio" at New Albany, Indiana, opposite Louisville, Kentucky
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Thanks Bruce! The 1936 version of "Showboat" is also available on VHS and features Hattie McDaniel ("Mammy" in Gone With the Wind) as the cook (and wife of Joe) on the towboat that pushes the COTTON BLOSSOM.

About 10 years ago we had the Broadway production of "Showboat" here in Louisville at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The scenery was fabulous, with the shimmering river, "steam" from the calliope, etc. It simply took my breath away and I had to go see it twice to be sure I hadn't missed anything! When "Old Man River" was sung, I got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. My companion said, "This riverboat stuff really DOES have an effect on YOU doesn't it?!" What a question to ask ME!
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