painting of a scene in Show Boat showing a man kiss a woman's hand and another man is playing violin
Showboat stamp art, 1993

Illustrator: Wilson McLean

Showboat was one of the first Broadway productions with a bi-racial cast. Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II and based on Edna Ferber’s bestselling novel of the same name, the show premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 27, 1927 and ran for 77 weeks.

Courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection