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42nd Street The Musical

42nd Street The Musical

42ND STREET - 42ND STREET
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42nd Street

ABOUT A QUARTER TO NINE - 42ND STREET
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About A Quater To Nine

DAMES - 42ND STREET
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Dames

GO INTO YOUR DANCE - 42ND STREET
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Go Into Your Dance

I KNOW NOW - 42ND STREET
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I Know Now

LULLABY OF BROADWAY - 42ND STREET
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Lullaby Of Broadway

SHADOW WALTZ - 42ND ST
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Shadow Waltz

SHUFFLE OFF TO BUFFALO - 42ND ST
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Shuffle Off To Buffalo

THERE'S A SUNNY SIDE - 42ND ST
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There’s A Sunny Side To Every Situation

WE'RE IN THE MONEY - 42ND STREET
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We’re In The Money

YOUNG AND HEALTHY - 42ND ST
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Young And Healthy

YOU'RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT - 42ND STREET
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You’re Getting To Be A Habit

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Act I

It begins just as the auditions for a fictitious Broadway musical, Pretty Lady, are drawing to a close. One young dancer, Peggy Sawyer, has not made it to the auditions on time but, luckily for her, her unceremonious entrance has caught the eye of the show’s leading man, Billy Lawlor, who promises to help her secure or audition. Unfortunately, the director is too busy to deal with latecomers. The same goes for revered producer – Julian Marsh, who arrives to give his pre-rehearsal pep-talk. Peggy is ordered to leave the theatre and shortly after, the star of the show, veteran leading lady Dorothy Brock, arrives with her sugar-daddy, Abner Dillon. Dorothy is proving to be something of a headache for producer Marsh. She has only landed the starring role because Dillon is the show’s principal backer, and is therefore determined to play the role of star up to the hilt. However, her petulance and threats to walk out, taking Dillon’s cash with her, hold little sway with the producer, who will not be ordered about by anyone. Eventually Dorothy does start to rehearse, albeit sulkily.

During a break in rehearsals, Dorothy meets Pat Denning, an ex-lover end partner from her vaudeville days. She is still in love with him but does not want to risk the situation she has with the rich Abner Dillon, and the starring role in Pretty Lady that goes with it. Dorothy and Denning arrange to meet only when Dillon is not around.Meanwhile, Peggy has returned to the theatre to collect her purse, which she had forgotten during her hurried exit, There she is invited by some of the other dancers to lunch at a nearby tea-room. The girls decide to dance to the tea-room, and Peggy joins in, showing that she con manage even the most difficult dance steps.

After lunch, the group dance back to the theatre where they learn that the chorus is one girl short. The producer declares that he has a good mind to employ the first girl who comes past. Peggy realises that this is her chance and, to demonstrate her dancing ability, gives an impromptu performance right there in the street. Marsh is impressed and hires Peggy on the spot.

Billy and Dorothy Brock rehearse the love scene under the watchful eye of Abner Dillon. At one point, he insists that handshakes are substituted for kisses, Peggy, who hasn’t had sufficient time to prepare for her first dance number, makes a mess of the routine, causing Dorothy to lose her temper. Peggy faints and has to be taken to Dorothy’s dressing room to recover. There she is received by Denning, who is waiting to meet Dorothy. Unfortunately, Dorothy walks in just as Denning is administering to the unconscious Peggy. She is furious at what she sees. At this point Dillon barges in and Denning has to be passed off as Peggy’s boyfriend to avoid a scene. Meanwhile the producer is getting increasingly worried about Dorothy’s actions and the risks they pose to the show, so he arranges for a friendly gangster to run Denning out of town. Without saying goodbye to Dorothy, Denning ups and leaves for Philadelphia. Unknown to him, however, the out-of-town tryout of Pretty Lady has been rescheduled at the last minute – to Philadelphia!

At the final rehearsal, Dorothy gets annoyed at being left out of the big dance number. At a party that evening, she gets drunk end tells Dillon what she really thinks of him, before ringing around to try and find Denning. Marsh reacts by calling his gangster friend, but is overheard by Peggy, who rushes to warn Dorothy, only to find Denning waiting in Dorothy’s room. Again Dorothy appears and catches the two together and, in a fit of jealousy, orders them both to leave her alone. Miraculously, the show manages to open on time, and all seems to go well until Peggy is accidentally pushed into Dorothy’s path by another dancer. Dorothy falls and cannot get up. The curtain comes down, and the producer sacks Peggy on the spot. An announcement goes out that the performance has been abandoned.

Act II

Dorothy has broken her ankle and will not be able to continue. It seems as if the whole production will have to be cancelled. The dancers, aware that they will be out of a job, try to convince themselves that something can be done. Suddenly one of them has an idea: why not just replace Dorothy? They all agree that Peggy is the girl for the job and quickly convince Marsh, who decides to head back to New York and perform the show with Peggy in the lead role. The only problem is that Peggy has been sacked. Marsh rushes to Broad Street station, where he finds his potential leading lady despondent and ready to forget about a life in show business. Marsh tries to convince her with visions of Broadway, his words are echoed by the rest of the cast until, suddenly, Peggy agrees. She now has a mere 36 hours in which to learn all the songs and dance numbers, under Marsh’s unyielding direction. On the big day, she is visited by Dorothy, who explains how her broken ankle come as a blessing in disguise. It made her realise that love is more important then stardom She tells Peggy that she is now married to Denning, and wishes the new leading lady good luck.

That night Marsh wills Peggy onto the stage with the immortal words, “You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” The performance is a tremendous success, and Peggy Sawyer is hailed as a new star of the stage. She is invited to a big party at the Ritz, but decides instead to go to the smaller party held by the chorus kids. And after the show she stays behind for a moment to thank the man who has made it all possible, Julian Marsh.

Gounod

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Gounod: Ah! Je Ris De Me Voir…  Le Veau D’Or… Je Veux Vivre (Juliet’s Waltz)…

Charles-François Gounod (1818 – 1893) was a French composer, best known for his Ave Maria, based on a work by Bach, as well as his opera Faust.

Gounod was born in Paris, the son of a pianist mother and an artist father. His mother was his first piano teacher. He was educated at the Lycée Saint-Louis, where he remained until 1835. After taking his degree in philosophy, he began to study music with the Bohemian composer Anton Reicha. On Reicha’s death Gounod entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied under Fromental Halévy and Jean-François Lesueur.

Backing Tracks

AH! JE RIS DE ME VOIR - GOUNOD
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 Ah! Je Ris De Me Voir – Faust

JULIET'S WALTZ - ROMEO AND JULIET ARIETTA - GOUNOD
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 Je Veux Vivre (Juliet’s Waltz) – Romeo And Juliette

LE VEAU D'OR - FAUST - GOUNOD
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 Le Veau D’Or – Faust

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Top 10 Love Songs

Top 10 Love Songs

LOVESONGS

Celebrate St Valentines day this year with our 10 ten favourite Love Songs

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I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU - WHITNEY HOUSTON
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 I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

EVERYTHING I DO - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Everything I Do – Bryan Adams

UNCHAINED MELODY - RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
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  Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

BREAK ME SHAKE ME - SAVAGE GARDEN (SK)
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  Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

WONDERFUL TONIGHT - ERIC CLAPTON
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  Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

GOD ONLY KNOWS - THE BEACH BOYS
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  God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

I DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING - AEROSMITH
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 I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE - BILLY JOEL (SK)
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  Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel

ANGELS - ROBBIE WILLIAMS
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 Angels – Robbie Williams

TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE - ADELE
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 To Make You Feel My Love – Adele

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Perfect love songs for St Valentine’s Day.

Love Songs have been around ever since people started writing songs.  They say what we want to say from the heart that might be a bit difficult to express in our own words.

These are some of our favourite love songs of all time.

Martha Reeves

Martha Reeves

Martha Rose Reeves was born in Eufaula, Alabama, on 18th July, 1941. She is an American R&B and pop singer, a former politician, and lead singer of the Motown group Martha Reeves and The Vandellas who have had many hit singles; including “Come and Get These Memories,” “Nowhere to Run”, ” “Heat Wave,” (Grammy nominated), Jimmy Mack”, and “Dancing In The Street”. From 2005 until 2009, Reeves served as an elected council woman for the city of Detroit, Michigan.

Backing Tracks

DANCING IN THE STREET - MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS
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Dancing In The Street

HEATWAVE - MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS
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Heatwave

I'M READY FOR LOVE - MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS (SK)
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I’m Ready For Love

JIMMY MACK - MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS
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 Jimmy Mack

NOWHERE TO RUN - MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS
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Nowhere To Run

PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART - MARTHA AND THE VANDELLES
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 Put A Little Love In Your Heart

QUICKSAND - MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS (SK)
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Quicksand

THIRD FINGER LEFT HAND - MARTHA AND THE VANDELLES
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 Third Finger Left Hand

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Cole Porter

Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics, as well as the music, for his songs.

 Backing Tracks

BE A CLOWN - COLE PORTER
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 Be A Clown

BEGIN THE BEGUINE - COLE PORTER
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 Begin The Beguine

CAN CAN - COLE PORTER
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 Can Can

C'EST MAGNIFIQUE - COLE PORTER
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 C’est Magnifique

DON'T FENCE ME IN - COLE PORTER
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 Don’t Fence Me In

EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE - COLE PORTER
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 Every Time We Say Goodbye

FROM THIS MOMENT ON - COLE PORTER
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 From This Moment On

I CONCENTRATE ON YOU - COLE PORTER
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 I Concentrate On You

I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU - COLE PORTER
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 I Get A Kick Out Of You

I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN - COLE PORTER
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 I’ve Got You Under My Skin

I LOVE PARIS - COLE PORTER
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 I Love Paris

I LOVE YOU - COLE PORTER
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 I Love You

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT - COLE PORTER
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 In The Still Of The Night

JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS - COLE PORTER
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 Just One Of Those Things

LET'S DO IT LET'S FALL IN LOVE - COLE PORTER
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 Let’s Do It Lets Fall In Love

LET'S MISBEHAVE - COLE PORTER
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 Let’s Misbehave

NIGHT AND DAY - COLE PORTER
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 Night And Day

SO IN LOVE - COLE PORTER
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 So In Love

TRUE LOVE - COLE PORTER
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 True Love

WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE - COLE PORTER
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 What Is This Thing Called Love

WUNDERBAR - COLE PORTER
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 Wunderbar

YOU'D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO - COLE PORTER
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 You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To

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Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics, as well as the music, for his songs.

Showboat The Musical

 

Showboat the musical features the music of Jerome Kern with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein.

The story, based on Edna Ferber’s novel of the same name, is set against the backdrop of the American Deep South at the beginning of the 20th Century, and tells a powerful story of freedom, loyalty and love.  It is a tale that spans over 40 years, which chronicles the lives of the stage hands, performers and dock workers on a Mississippi River show boat called the “Cotton Blossom”.

It is said to be one of the most romantic musicals of all time.

Showboat The Musical Backing Tracks

AFTER THE BALL - SHOWBOAT
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After The Ball

BILL - SHOWBOAT
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 Bill

BILL - SHOWBOAT - PIANO
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Bill – Piano

CAN'T HELP LOVING DAT MAN OF MINE - SHOWBOAT
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Can’t Help Loving Dat Man Of Mine

HERE COMES THE SHOWBOAT - SHOWBOAT
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Here Comes The Showboat

I MIGHT FALL BACK ON YOU - SHOWBOAT
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 I Might Fall Back On You

LIFE UPON THE WICKED STAGE - SHOWBOAT
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 Life Upon the Wicked Stage

MAKE BELIEVE - SHOWBOAT
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 Make Believe

OLD MAN RIVER - SHOWBOAT (SK)
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Old Man River

QUEENIE'S BALLYHOO - SHOWBOAT
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 Queenie’s Ballyhoo

TILL GOOD LUCK COMES MY WAY - SHOWBOAT
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 Till Good Luck Comes My Way

YOU ARE LOVE - SHOWBOAT
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 You Are Love

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In 1887, the show boat Cotton Blossom arrives at the river dock in Natchez, Mississippi. The Reconstruction era had ended a decade earlier, and white-dominated Southern legislatures have imposed racial segregation and Jim Crow rules. The boat’s owner, Cap’n Andy Hawks, introduces his actors to the crowd on the levee. A fistfight breaks out between Steve Baker, the leading man of the troupe, and Pete, a rough engineer who had been making passes at Steve’s wife, the leading lady Julie La Verne. Steve knocks Pete down, and Pete swears revenge, suggesting he knows a dark secret about Julie. Cap’n Andy pretends to the shocked crowd that the fight was a preview of one of the melodramas to be performed. The troupe exits with the showboat band, and the crowd follows.

A handsome riverboat gambler, Gaylord Ravenal, appears on the levee and is taken with eighteen-year-old Magnolia (“Nolie”) Hawks, an aspiring performer and the daughter of Cap’n Andy and his wife Parthenia Ann (Parthy). Magnolia is likewise smitten with Ravenal (“Make Believe”). She seeks advice from Joe, a black dock worker aboard the boat, who has returned from buying flour for his wife Queenie, the ship’s cook. He replies that there are “lots like [Ravenal] on the river.” As Magnolia goes inside the boat to tell her friend Julie about the handsome stranger, Joe mutters that she ought to ask the river for advice. He and the other dock workers reflect on the wisdom and indifference of “Ol’ Man River”, who doesn’t seem to care what the world’s troubles are, but “jes’ keeps rollin’ along”.

Magnolia finds Julie inside and announces that she’s in love. Julie cautions her that this stranger could be just a “no-account river fellow”. Magnolia says that if she found out he was “no-account”, she’d stop loving him. Julie warns her that it’s not that easy to stop loving someone, explaining that she’ll always love Steve, singing a few lines of “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”. Queenie overhears – she is surprised that Julie knows that song as she has only heard “colored folks” sing it. Magnolia remarks that Julie sings it all the time, and when Queenie asks if she can sing the entire song, Julie obliges.

During the rehearsal for that evening, Julie and Steve learn that the town sheriff is coming to arrest them. Steve takes out a large pocket knife and makes a cut on the back of her hand, sucking the blood and swallowing it. Pete returns with the sheriff, who insists the show cannot proceed because Julie is a mulatto who has been passing as white and local law prohibits mixed marriages. Julie admits that her mother was black, but Steve tells the sheriff that he also has “black blood” in him, so their marriage is legal in Mississippi. The troupe backs him up, boosted by the ship’s pilot Windy McClain, a longtime friend of the sheriff. The couple have escaped the charge of miscegenation, but they still have to leave the show boat; identified as black, they can no longer perform for the segregated white audience. Cap’n Andy fires Pete, but in spite of his sympathy for Julie and Steve, he cannot violate the law for them.

Ravenal returns and asks for passage on the boat. Andy hires him as the new leading man, and assigns his daughter Magnolia as the new leading lady, over her mother’s objections. As Magnolia and Ravenal begin to rehearse their roles and in the process, kiss for the first time (infuriating Parthy), Joe reprises the last few lines of “Ol’ Man River”.

Weeks later, Magnolia and Ravenal have been a hit with the crowds and have fallen in love. As the levee workers hum “Ol’ Man River” in the background, he proposes to Magnolia, and she accepts. The couple joyously sings “You Are Love”. They make plans to marry the next day while Parthy, who disapproves, is out of town. Parthy has discovered that Ravenal once killed a man, and arrives with the Sheriff to interrupt the wedding festivities. The group learns that Ravenal was acquitted of murder. Cap’n Andy calls Parthy “narrow-minded” and defends Ravenal by announcing that he also once killed a man. Parthy faints, but the ceremony proceeds.

Act II

Six years have passed, and it is 1893. Ravenal and Magnolia have moved to Chicago, where they make a precarious living from Ravenal’s gambling. At first they are rich and enjoying the good life (“Why Do I Love You?”) By 1903, they have a daughter, Kim, and after years of varying income, they are broke and rent a room in a boarding house. Depressed over his inability to support his family, Ravenal abandons Magnolia and Kim. Frank and Ellie, two former actors from the showboat, learn that Magnolia is living in the rooms they want to rent. The old friends seek a singing job for Magnolia at the Trocadero, the club where they are doing a New Year’s show. Julie is working there. She has fallen into drinking after having been abandoned by Steve. At a rehearsal, she tries out the new song “Bill.” She appears to be thinking of Steve and sings it with great emotion. From her dressing-room, she hears Magnolia singing “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” for her audition, the song which Julie taught her years ago. Julie secretly quits her job so that Magnolia can fill it, without learning of her sacrifice.

Ravenal visit his daughter Kim at the convent where she goes to school to say goodbye before leaving her forever (“Make Believe” (reprise)). On New Year’s Eve, Andy and Parthy go to Chicago for a surprise visit to their daughter Magnolia. He goes to the Trocadero without his wife, and sees Magnolia overcome with emotion and nearly booed off stage. Andy rallies the crowd by starting a sing-along of the standard, “After the Ball”. Magnolia becomes a great musical star.

More than 20 years pass, and it is 1927. An aged Joe on the Cotton Blossom sings a reprise of “Ol’ Man River”. Cap’n Andy has a chance meeting with Ravenal and arranges his reunion with Magnolia. Andy knows that Magnolia is retiring and returning to the Cotton Blossom with Kim, who has become a Broadway star. Kim gives her admirers a taste of her performing abilities by singing an updated, Charleston version of “Why Do I Love You?” Ravenal sings a reprise of “You Are Love” to the offstage Magnolia. Although he is uncertain about asking her to take him back, Magnolia, who has never stopped loving him, greets him warmly and does. As the happy couple walks up the boat’s gangplank, Joe and the cast sing the last verse of “Ol’ Man River”.