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The community on and off the 'Show Boat'

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The world has celebrated Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" since 1927, but the Washington National Opera's new version, directed by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, is fresh, vigorous and distinctive, emphasizing the world that existed around the showboat performers of 19th-century America. One hundred singers, actors and dancers participate in this "Show Boat." Some...