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2 hours 30 minutes with intermission

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Event Info

“A delight … The marvelous voices throughout … and the magnificent work of the New York Philharmonic presented the cavalcade of classic songs in fine splendor,” (The Huffington Post); “Heaven on earth” (The New York Post); “It is always a pleasure to hear an orchestra of this stature play great Broadway scores, of course, and the show has been cast with impressive singing actors,” (The New York Times).

An all-star cast joins the Philharmonic in a semi-staged production of Show Boat, one of the greatest musicals of all time. It’s one showstopper after another, from “Ol’ Man River” to “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” — and that’s just the first act. Join us for the powerful story, at turns comedic and moving, of the loves and lives aboard a showboat in the deep South and Chicago.

Program

Kern & Hammerstein

Show Boat (semi-staged)

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Artists

Ted Sperling

Conductor

Ted Sperling

Conductor

Ted Sperling

Conductor

Ted Sperling’s recent collaborations with the New York Philharmonic include Show Boat in November 2014; Broadway Night with the Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail in July 2013; An Enchanted Evening with Paulo Szot, the 2013 Spring Gala; and Anywhere I Wander: The Frank Loesser Songbook, the 2012 Spring Gala. He conducted Brian Stokes Mitchell in the original Broadway productions of Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. Mr. Sperling was recently appointed the artistic director of the Collegiate Chorale; he has led the chorale in performances of The Firebrand of Florence, The Grapes of Wrath, The Mikado, and Song of Norway, all at Carnegie Hall. This season he will also be performing with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Westchester, Phoenix, and Detroit symphony orchestras, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a regular guest at 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists series, Mr. Sperling hosted a program about Fanny Brice in May 2014. He has frequently worked with Victoria Clark, Deborah Voigt, Audra McDonald, Nathan Gunn, Paulo Szot, Kelli O’Hara, and Vanessa Williams. Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits include the Tony Award–winning revival of South Pacific,Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year<, Drood, Les Misérables, and Sunday in the Park with George. Ted Sperling was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic, playing bandleader Wallace Hartley. His Off-Broadway credits include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times. Mr. Sperling’s directing credits include the World Premieres of The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna See, Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. For the Public Theater, he directed gala performances of The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Martin Short, and Eric Idle, and Cabaret with Anne Hathaway, Harvey Feierstein, Linda Lavin, Raúl Esparza, and Eddie Redmayne. He has conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated, and directed the short film Love Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins. He is creative director of the 24 Hour Musicals and a consultant to the Public Theater.

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Randy Skinner

Choreographer

Randy Skinner

Choreographer

Randy Skinner Credit Steve Abel

Choreographer

Randy Skinner has choreographed Harry Warren’s 42nd Street (for which he received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Astaire nominations), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair (Outer Critics nomination), Mitch Leigh’s Ain’t Broadway Grand (Tony, Outer Critics nominations), Elaine May’s After the Night and the Music (MTC/Biltmore), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Tony and Drama Desk nominee), Dana P. Rowe’s The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Jack Herrick’s Lone Star Love (Lucille Lortel nomination), Puttin’ on the Ritz (Kennedy Center), Stormy Weather (with Leslie Uggams/The Prince Music Theatre), a pre-Broadway production of Jim Wise’s Dames at Sea (Infinity Theatre), and City Center Encores! Productions of the Gershwins’ Lady Be Good (upcoming), Jule Styne’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s Do Re Mi, the Gershwins’ Of Thee I Sing, Berlin’s Face the Music, and Vincent Youmans’s No, No. Nanette. In Los Angeles, Mr. Skinner choreographed Garry Marshall and Paul Williams’s Happy Days, Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly! (with Nell Carter), Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey (with Dixie Carter and Elaine Stritch), and Strike Up the Band (with Tom Bosley), as well as the opening number for the 2001 Tony Awards Telecast. Mr. Skinner has received the LA Drama Critics, LA Dramalogue, Bay Area Critics, Connecticut Critics, and Cleveland Times Theatre Awards. Randy Skinner’s choreography will be seen on London’s West End this fall when Irving Berlin’s White Christmas opens at the Dominion Theater on November 8, 2014. This production will mark Randy Skinner’s New York Philharmonic debut.

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Jane Alexander

Parthy

Jane Alexander

Parthy

Jane Alexander credit Joan Marcus

Parthy

Jane Alexander (Parthy) is a film, television, and stage actress who has received four Academy Award nominations, two Emmy Awards, and a Tony. Ms. Alexander has appeared in 65 films, including The Great White Hope, Kramer vs. Kramer, Testament, Eleanor and Franklin, and the forthcoming Book of Negroes for television. On the New York stage she is known for roles in The Lady from Dubuque, Chasing Manet, First Monday in October, and The Visit. She was National Endowment for the Arts Chairman during Bill Clinton’s presidency, and her book Command Performance: An Actress in the Theatre of Politics was a New York Times Notable Book. Today Ms. Alexander devotes much of her time to wildlife conservation, and she received the Indianapolis Prize’s inaugural Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award in 2012 (named in honor of her outspoken commitment to wildlife conservation). A passionate birder, Ms. Alexander currently serves on the board of the National Audubon Society, as well as on the advisory boards of numerous other organizations. Knopf will soon publish her book about her travels with field biologists and global wildlife conservation.

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Christopher Fitzgerald

Frank

Christopher Fitzgerald

Frank

Christopher Fitzgerald

Frank

Christopher Fitzgerald is a veteran Broadway and television actor best known as the original Boq in Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked; Og in the revival of Burton Lane’s Finian’s Rainbow (for which he received Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical); Igor in Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations); Michel Legrand’s Amour (Drama Desk nomination); Launcelot Gobbo opposite Al Pacino in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice; and Bobby in Sondheim’s Saturday Night (Second Stage and Drama Desk nominations). Mr. Fitzgerald played Bartley in the U.S. Premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Public Theater; Ray in the Steppenwolf production of McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane; and Martin in the first U.S. production of Frank McGuinness’s Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme at Lincoln Center Theater. Christopher Fitzgerald is currently starring as Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway production of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago. His screen credits include Girl Most Likely (opposite Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening) and a regular role on The WB series Twins. 

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Erika Henningsen

Kim

Erika Henningsen

Kim

Erika Henningsen

Kim

Erika Henningsen’s (Kim) regional credits include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Misérables, and Kander & Ebb’s Chicago, and she will be seen in the upcoming World Premiere of Sheryl Crow’s Diner at the Signature Theater. Ms. Henningsen has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center; in Toronto for the Song, Stage and Screen Festival; and in London as a student of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Erika Henningsen received her bachelor of fine arts in musical theater from the University of Michigan, and she is the recipient of the Alan Eisenberg Actors’ Equity Association Award.

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Norm Lewis

Joe

Norm Lewis

Joe

Norm Lewis Credit Peter Hurley

Joe

Norm Lewis made history in May 2014 as the first African-American Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. His most recent television appearances include CBS’s Blue Bloods and his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on ABC’s drama Scandal. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. Mr. Lewis had a year-long run in London as Javert in the West End production of Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Misérables, and he performed in that role in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert, broadcast by PBS from London’s O2 Arena. Mr. Lewis’s solo debut album, This Is the Life, is available on Amazon.com and cdbaby.com. His other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim with Vanessa Williams and Barbara Cook, Alan Menken’s The Little Mermaid (as King Triton), Les Misérables (Javert, for which he received Drama League Nomination), Kander & Ebb’s Chicago (Billy Flynn), Michel Legrand’s Amour (Painter), Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Eddie), Bill Russell’s Side Show (Jake), Claude-Michel’s Schönberg’s Miss Saigon (John), and The Who’s Tommy (The Specialist). Off-Broadway, Mr. Lewis has performed in Stephen Flaherty’s Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Frederick Freyer’s Captains Courageous, and William Finn’s A New Brain. Regionally, he has been seen in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.), Ragtime, Dreamgirls, First You Dream, Sweeney Todd, and The Fantasticks. Norm Lewis’s film credits include Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences, and Preaching to the Choir.

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Alli Mauzey

Ellie

Alli Mauzey

Ellie

Alli Mauzey

Ellie

Alli Mauzey made her Off-Broadway debut as Selma in Arnold Weinstein, John Wulp, and Sam Davis’s Red Eye of Love at the Di Capo Opera Theatre. Before that she appeared on Broadway as Glinda in the 10th-anniversary company of Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked. Other Broadway roles include Lenora in Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan’s Cry-Baby (for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Drama League Award), a role she originated at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego (Theatre Critics Circle Award, and Brenda in O’Donnell, Meehan, and Marc Shaiman’s Hairspray, as well as in the original company of the First National Tour. Other New York credits include her City Center Encores! debut as Sydney in Charles Strouse’s It’s a Bird ... It’s a Plane ... It’s Superman. Regionally Ms. Mauzey has appeared as Mallory in Cy Coleman’s City of Angels for Reprise!, Snookie in N. Richard Nash’s 110 in the Shade at the Pasadena Playhouse, and Audrey in Alan Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors at The Muny (Kevin Kline Award nomination). She has performed with many of North America’s top orchestras, including the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in the title role of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, a benefit for the charity organization Show Hope. A Southern California native currently living in New York City, Alli Mauzey is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a B.F.A. in acting with a minor in music.

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Julian Ovenden

Gaylord Ravenal

Julian Ovenden

Gaylord Ravenal

Julian Ovenden credit Magnus Hastings 200w

Gaylord Ravenal

Julian Ovenden has appeared on stage, on screen, in concert, and in the recording studio. He is currently starring in the critically acclaimed hit Downton Abbey, in which he portrays Charles Blake. Other notable television series in which he has appeared include Foyle’s War, Person of Interest, Smash, Poirot, Cashmere Mafia, The Forsyte Saga, Any Human Heart, Family Guy, and, most recently, the ABC mini-series The Assets. On stage he has recently starred in My Night with Reg at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Other notable stage appearances include the first French production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, Michel Legrand’s Marguerite in London’s West End, Butley opposite Nathan Lane on Broadway, Death Takes a Holiday for the Roundabout Off-Broadway, Finding Neverland for the Weinstein Company, Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun at London’s Young Vic, and both Grand Hotel and Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along for Michael Grandage at London’s Donmar. In 2011 Mr. Ovenden signed a recording agreement with Decca and soon after released his debut album If You Stay. He enjoys a close working relationship with the John Wilson Orchestra, with whom he collaborated on a Rodgers & Hammerstein project for EMI. He made his Carnegie Hall debut earlier this year and performs regularly at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and in many other of the U.K.’s prestigious concert venues. These performances will mark Julian Ovenden’s New York Philharmonic debut.

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Edward Watts

Steve

Edward Watts

Steve

Edward Watts

Steve

Edward Watts (Steve) was last seen at Lincoln Center as Joe in New York City Opera’s production of Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella. He toured the U.S. in Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Misérables (as Enjolras), Gene de Paul’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Adam Pontipee), and Alan Menkin’s The Little Mermaid (King Triton) and Beauty and the Beast (Gaston). Broadway appearances have included Kathie Lee Gifford’s Scandalous (Robert Semple/David Hutton) and Burton Lane’s Finian’s Rainbow. Off-Broadway, Mr. Watts is currently starring as El Gallo in Harvey Schmidt’s The Fantasticks at the Snapple Theatre Center, and has appeared in Larry Kirwan’s Transport (Delamare) at the Irish Rep and Charles Strouse’s It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman (Clark Kent/Superman) at New York City Center Encores! Recent regional theater credits include Les Misérables (Javert) at The Dallas Theater Center directed by Liesl Tommy; Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Miles Gloriosus) at Shakespeare Theater Company D.C. (Helen Hayes nomination for Best Supporting Actor); Paul Blake’s Cole Porter–accompanied Roman Holiday (Joe Bradley) at the Guthrie Theater; Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (Count Carl-Magnus) at Michigan Opera Theatre; Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun (Frank Butler) at Sacramento Music Circus and Marriott’s Lincolnshire; Loesser’s Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson) at Stages St. Louis; Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (Harold Hill) and Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot (Lancelot) at Music Theatre of Wichita; and Sherman Edwards’s 1776 (Thomas Jefferson) at Goodspeed Opera House. Edward Watts has also appeared at Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Theatre of the Stars, Baltimore Centerstage, Theatre Under the Stars, and Kansas City Starlight. Television credits include recurring roles on The Sopranos and All My Children, and co-starring roles on Rescue Me, The Carrie Diaries, and every soap opera that used to film in New York City. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. These performances will mark his New York Philharmonic debut.

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Fred Willard

Cap'n Andy

Fred Willard

Cap'n Andy

Fred Willard Credit Guy Viau

Cap'n Andy

Fred Willard (Cap’n Andy) has performed Off-Broadway in Little Murders, Arf and the Great Airplane Snatch, and Elvis and Juliet. His Los Angeles credits have included Jerry Herman’s Mame at the Hollywood Bowl, and Gene Vincent de Paul’s Li’l Abner, Burt Bacharach’s Promises, Promises, and Cole Porter’s Anything Goes for Reprise!. Mr. Willard is an alumnus of Chicago’s The Second City and a member of the Christopher Guest troupe, having appeared in the films Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, This Is Spinal Tap, and A Mighty Wind, as well as the HBO series Family Tree. His other film appearances include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Monster House, Planes: Fire and Rescue, and Wall·E. On television, Fred Willard has appeared in Everybody Loves Raymond, Roseanne, Fernwood 2Night, and Modern Family. These performances will mark his New York Philharmonic debut.

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NaTasha Yvette Williams

Queenie

NaTasha Yvette Williams

Queenie

NaTasha Yvette Williams

Queenie

NaTasha Yvette Williams (Queenie) is an American actress, singer, and entertainer. Since she began singing at age three in the tiny tot choir at her church, she has performed from the subway to Broadway. She portrayed Aretha Franklin in A Night with Janis Joplin, and has been seen in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple. Ms. Williams has previously performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony orchestras. Her current recording project is How Deep is the Ocean, a collection of standards, and she has released a Gospel project, Songs That Carry Me Through ... Some Old, Some New. Ms. Williams was the first winner of the Kraft Foods New Voice of Gospel contest. Her Broadway credits include A Night with Janis Joplin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (as Mariah), The Color Purple (Sofia), and Stephen Flaherty’s Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center. Her West End credits include Trevor Nunn’s production of Margaret Martin’s Gone with the Wind (Mammy). She appeared in the national tours of John Farrar and Jeff Lynne’s Xanadu (Melopmene), Greg Morrison and Lisa Lambert’s The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix the Aviatrix), Joe DiPietro’s Elvis musical All Shook Up (Sylvia), Stephen Flaherty’s Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Grace), Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, and Marvin Hamlisch’s The Goodbye Girl (Mrs. Crosby). Regional appearances have included Crowns at Arkansas Repertory Theater and Arena Stage (Velma and Mabel, respectively), Marc Shaiman’s Hairspray (MotorMouth Maybelle) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Papermill Playhouse, and the title role in Mahalia: A Gospel Musical at the Cleveland Playhouse. These performances will mark NaTasha Yvette Williams’s New York Philharmonic debut.

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Vanessa Williams

Julie

Vanessa Williams

Julie

Vanessa Williams Rod Spicer

Julie

Vanessa Williams made her film debut in 1986 in Under the Gun, and subsequently starred in features such as Eraser, Hoodlum, Soul Food, Dance with Me, Light It Up, Shaft, and Johnson Family Vacation. More recent credits include the independent features My Brother, Somebody Like You, Disney’s Hannah Montana: The Movie, and she most recently appeared in Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. Ms. Williams starred in ABC’s critically acclaimed, hit series Ugly Betty, for which she earned three Emmy nominations as Wilhelmina Slater. In the fall of 2010 she joined the cast of ABC’s Desperate Housewives as Renee Perry. Her albums The Right Stuff, The Comfort Zone, and The Sweetest Days earned multiple Grammy nominations; her single “Colors of the Wind” won an Academy Award; and her most recent album, The Real Thing, garnered an NAACP nomination for Outstanding Jazz Artist. In 1994 Ms. Williams appeared on Broadway in Kander & Ebb’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, and in 2002 she received a Tony nomination for her performance as The Witch in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She also appeared with Cicely Tyson in the Tony-nominated The Trip to Bountiful, in which both actresses reprised their roles from Lifetime’s television adaptation. Vanessa Williams most recently appeared in in After Midnight, the musical revue set in Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club. In 2007 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in December 2010 the International Press Academy awarded her the Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry. In April 2012 she and her mother Helen landed on The New York Times bestseller list after publishing the memoir You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other). These performances will mark Vanessa Williams’s New York Philharmonic debut.

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Lauren Worsham

Magnolia

Lauren Worsham

Magnolia

Lauren Worsham

Magnolia

Lauren Worsham is a Brooklyn-based actress and singer who recently made her Broadway debut originating the role of Phoebe in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, for which she garnered a Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award, and Theatre World Award. Other favorite roles include creating the part of Lisa in Dog Days at Montclair Peak Performances (directed by Robert Woodruff), Flora in Turn of the Screw at New York City Opera (directed by Sam Buntrock), Amy in Where’s Charley at New York City Center (directed by John Doyle), Cunegonde in New York City Opera’s Candide, and Olive in the first national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other credits include La Perichole at New York City Opera, Carnival (Lili) at Goodspeed Opera House, Into the Woods (Cinderella) at Kansas City Rep, Master Class (Sophie) at Paper Mill Playhouse, and The Light in the Piazza (Clara) at Weston Playhouse. Ms. Worsham also performs in concert frequently, including shows at Carnegie Hall, Caramoor, Merkin Concert Hall, Oregon Bach Festival, Joe’s Pub, Galapagos Art Space, and New York City Opera’s VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab. Lauren Worsham was the 2009 second-place award winner of the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya competition. She is the co-founder and executive director of the downtown opera company The Coterie, along with librettist Royce Vavrek, and is also the lead singer for the Brooklyn-based indie-rock band Sky-Pony, which she fronts with her husband, Kyle Jarrow. These performances will mark Lauren Worsham’s New York Philharmonic debut.

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