A Risky Showboat for Central City Opera

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Central City Opera has developed a gambling spirit lately... kind of like the gold-mining-turned-casino town from which it takes its name. Historically, the company has produced works from the standard operatic repertoire... and performed them in its jewel-box, 550-seat auditorium. But recently, it’s started venturing artistically -- and geographically -- beyond its usual terrain. This week, Central City launched one of its riskiest ventures to date -- a production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s Showboat.

[Photo: Mark Kiryluk]