Dave Akerly | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Just one drop: Lyric Opera's Show Boat

Actually, Kate is correct about the song "Mis'rys comin' Aroun." While elements of the very powerful song are to be found in various productions staged over the years, and of course as the main theme in the original overture (which is one of the great pieces of musical theater openings sadly missing from this otherwise excellent Lyric production), the full piece was not resurrected until McGlinns seminal 1988 set of three CD's (buy them if you can find them). For those familiar only with the film versions of this classic of the American theater, the songs addition and it's sense of foreboding will be a revelation. Good call, Kate.

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Posted by Dave Akerly on 03/14/2012 at 8:50 PM

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