After 23 years, Cincinnati Landmark Productions will no longer be operating the Showboat Majestic, the last original floating theater in the country and a National Historic Landmark. Their final production, Showboat Follies, opened this weekend and panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) wanted to take the opportunity to recognize this tribute to Showboat as well as the many years of entertainment and music that it has provided.
As Landmarkâ€™s website describes it, Showboat Follies is â€œa musical revue, featuring great songs from dozens of past shows, comic sketches, specialty dance numbers and a few surprises – in and out of the audience.â€
Panelists recommended the show as â€œa fond farewell to the historic Showboat’s runâ€¦filled with melodrama, sketch comedy, and a parody of musicals,â€ as well as a historical review of the Showboat with audience participation. It was â€œa fun way to end the season for the showboatâ€¦The performers are all familiar favorites to â€˜showboatersâ€™ and it is obvious this is a love letter from their hearts to the boat and the ever loyal subscribers.â€ As one panelist put it, â€œI felt I was witnessing an important moment in the history of Cincinnati theatreâ€¦I heartily recommend the production as a chance to experience this theatre icon for what may be the last time and a chance to say goodbye.â€
Showboat Follies runs through September 29th. Tickets may be obtained on-line at http://www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com/sbm.
Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.