The Asolo Rep shows off its first production of the season: "Show Boat"

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Friday the Asolo Rep boarded the Marina Jack Dinner boat, along with the cast of and crew of "Showboat", to introduce the new version of the show to invited guests and media.

Rob Ruggiero will be directing his  new version of the show, that he  created  for the "Goodspell" playhouse in Hartford, Conn. with the approval of the Hammerstein and Karn families.

Producing artistic director, Michael Donald Edwards says "Show Boat" is a perfect fit for the Asolo's project of studying the American Character. And even though it was written in 1927, it speaks to today's audience.

And the music is spectacular. Songs like "Can't Help Lovin' dat Man" and "Make Believe".

A moment not to be forgotten, when Michael James Leslie sings "Ole Man River".

For more information, visit www.asolorep.org