1988 Studio Cast

Show Boat [1988 Studio Cast]

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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

This lavish three-CD studio reconstruction of the original score is more than complete: it includes outtake material cut from the show before the opening and also restores controversial lyrics. This was lovingly and thoroughly put together by John McGlinn, who brought in such opera singers as Frederica von Stade and Jerry Hadley, backed by The London Sinfonietta, and is the most exhaustive rendering of perhaps the most important American musical of the 20th century.

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