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Enjoy Date Night with Dinner and the Music of Show Boat at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 18, 2012—The American musical, vibrant and brassy, has to be America's most dramatic contribution to the performing arts; and of all the great musicals that have graced Broadway for the last 100 years, Kern and Hammerstein's supremely epic Show Boat sails alone, the most ambitious work ever mounted on the Great White Way. Join Fred Miller as he presents “Show Boat: The American Musical Comes of Age” as part of his successful Lectures-In-Song series on Friday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. Each of Mr. Miller’s 60- to 75-minute presentations focuses on a great personality or significant aspect of American Popular Song’s Golden Age and is accompanied by a multicourse dinner.

The 1927 musical Show Boat marked a turning point in American musical history. The two-act musical with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II distinguished itself from the light musical comedies and Follies-type musical revues that preceded it, instead “marrying spectacle with seriousness,” according to James Lahr of the New Yorker. Without the inspired vision of Kern and Hammerstein, the Golden Age of American Musicals that followed would have looked much less golden.

Based on Edna Ferber's bestselling novel of the same name, Show Boat follows the lives of the performers, stagehands, and dockworkers on a Mississippi River show boat from 1880 to 1927. Its themes include racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love. The musical contributed such classic songs as “Ol’ Man River,” “Make Believe,” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”

All Lectures-In-Song are $37 per person and take place in the North Dining Room on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus at 6:30 p.m. Pre-purchase of tickets is required. To reserve your place, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

A native of Albuquerque, Mr. Miller studied piano as a boy with Ralph Berkowitz, former dean of Tanglewood and accompanist for 20 years to the great cellist Piatagorsky. In New York, he studied acting for two years with stage and film legend Geraldine Page and vocal performance with Tony Award-winner Helen Gallagher.

Mr. Miller appeared in commercials, wrote and broadcast his own radio program on WDVR, 89.7-FM, and, for 25 years, has run the Copper Penny Players, a class for singers of all ages and musical backgrounds.

Currently, Mr. Miller, who resides in Sergeantsville, enjoys assembling cabaret programs for singers, and as a performer himself, his sole focus is now his series of nearly 50 Lectures-In-Song. Each of these lectures is a musical and anecdotal profile of a great American songwriter, performer, or some important aspect of classic American song, presented at scores of libraries, retirement villages, arts organizations, and private venues throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. For more information, see his Web site at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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