This festive show salutes to the music of America’s rivers and those bygone days of the showboats. Showboats began to ply the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers beginning in 1831. SHOWBOAT SERENADE chronicles the journey of American music from those early showboats all the way to modern day. This show features humor and trivia from the riverboat days, plus an array of songs and styles including the timeless music of Stephen Foster, hits from the Broadway classic “Show Boat” and other songs of the river from artists such as Loretta Lynn, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Roger Miller, John Fogerty, and Tina Turner.
This show can be presented as an intimate performance with piano and vocals or with accompanying recorded tracks or a live band. This show also can be customized for any size venue or audience.
“Showboat Serenade” features an array of songs and styles. Opening with classic riverboat tunes such as Riverboat Days and Waitin’ for the Robert E. Lee, the show then moves to Stephen Foster numbers that any age can sing along to including Camptown Races and Oh, Susanna. You will hear glorious songs from the Broadway classic “Show Boat” such as Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man and Old Man River. As the show progresses to more modern times, you will enjoy songs from Roger Miller’s adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” into the Broadway show Big River, hits from country music stars Garth Brooks and Loretta Lynn, and even some riverboat songs from pop stars Elton John, John Fogerty and Tina Turner. The show also contains interesting historical facts and insightful quotes from the river’s most famous writer, Mark Twain.
MEET YOUR ENTERTAINERS:
Laura Sable and Bill Wiemuth have worked as modern-day showboat entertainers for the past 16 years. They have delighted audiences onboard riverboats for Delta Queen Steamboat Company, Majestic America Line, American Queen Steamboat Company and American Cruise Lines. Their passion for the river has inspired them to create a series of shows and concerts relating to the history and music of America’s waterways. In 1998 they met onboard the Grand American Queen and have been making beautiful music ever since.