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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
30 Years Ago Today: Show Boat
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Here's the next in a series of blogs featuring the musicals that opened 30, 20 and 10 years ago. Others in the series can be found under the "Back in Time" tab at the top of the page. (Scroll to the bottom of that page.)
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Scenes from the Production and the Hirschfeld Drawing
Show:The Who's Tommy
Opening Night:April 24, 1983
Performances: 5 previews, 73 performances
Tonys:3 nominations including Best Actress a Musical, Lonette McKee,Best Featured Actress Karla Burns, and Best Direction Michael Kahn; no wins.
Who's Who 30 Years Later: Director Michael Kahn(Tony nomination)has not returned to Broadway since. Sound designer Richard Fitzgeraldreceived a Special 1980 Tony Award for the installation of the Infrared Hearing System on Broadway, and has done sound for dozens of productions including Beauty and the Beast, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors, and most recently, Xanadu. As far as the cast goes, the late Donald O'Connornever again appeared on Broadway. Lonette McKeefollowed this with another appearance in the 1994 revival of Show Boat. Cheryl Freemanwent on to appear in Play On!, The Who's Tommy, and The Civil War; Paige O'Haragained national prominence as the voice of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and appeared on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (and National Tour) and the original production of Les Miserables; Ron Raineswent on to Teddy and Alice, Chicago, Follies and Newsies.