WHAT: ” Show Boat” – the musical masterpiece about a troupe of riverboat performers on the Cotton Blossom as it travels the Mississippi – will be broadcast live from Kennedy Center Opera House to Nationals Park as part of WNO’s annual M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield. Showboat

WHEN: Gates open at 5 pm, Saturday, May 18th.  Show starts at 7 pm.

WHERE: Nationals Park outfield.

DETAILS:   Fans can attend this free community event to watch the opera on the ballpark’s high-definition screen. Seating will be available on the outfield grass (weather permitting) and in the stands. The M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield features “pre-game” activities, giveaways, and other  entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the festive ballpark  atmosphere.

BACKGROUND: Magnolia, Gaylord, Julie, Queenie, and Joe navigate the trials of show business, love, and loss in a landscape overshadowed by racial inequality while singing classics like “Ol’ Man River,” “You Are Love,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat  Man,” and “Bill” in the Washington National Opera’s spectacular production.  The show features more than 100 singers, actors, dancers, and a 50-piece orchestra in the best traditions of opera, musical theater, jazz, gospel, and vaudeville.

By Sheila Wickouski

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