showboat


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

showboat.

In the early 19th cent. entertainment was brought by boat to the pioneers that settled along the western rivers (especially the Mississippi and Ohio) of the United States. At first companies only traveled by boat, performing on land. Later the boats themselves, first paddle boats and finally steamboats, were equipped with stages. Docking near a town, they would herald their arrival with trumpets and flags. The companies presented popular melodramas, with vaudeville performances, called olios, between the acts; by day, the boats often served as museums. With the coming of the Civil War, their popularity dwindled. Edna Ferber's novel Show Boat is an interesting description of the life of its people.

Bibliography

See historical study by P. Graham (1951, repr. 1970).

References in periodicals archive ?
If you prefer fictional priorities reversed, try Barth's first showboat, The Floating Opera.
He was also involved in the development of the Showboat Casino riverboat complex in East Chicago, IL.
Although both are clearly opposed to racism in any form, and are committed to the struggle to have it eradicated, a difference appeared in what may be called "the Showboat affair."
First there is Captain Andy Hawks, who runs a showboat on the Mississippi and marries Parthy Ann, a prim New England schoolmarm.
He's an intellectual showboat, given to name-dropping and long footnotes with chapter and verse from the classics.
Red Bank, NJ, October 07, 2012 --(PR.com)-- HABcore, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides housing for the homeless, held its 15th annual fall gala, Showboat on the Shrewsbury, at McLoone's Rum Runner in Sea Bright.
For those who like a great night out there is an evening showboat on September 16.
Johnny Rockets, a US-based chain of restaurants, has announced opening of its newest location at Showboat Hotel & Casino, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, US.
This is your chance to really showboat and show off your skills.
Loughboroughbased Thomas Estates was named the best company in the UK by trade body Bacta (British Amusement Catering Trade Association) and its Showboat centre in Liverpool's Williamson Street was voted the best in the company.
He went on to become a principal soloist at Radio City Music Hall, act and sing in the movies Grease and Grease 2, and play 11 different roles in the Broadway revival of Showboat in 1994.
STUNNING Claire Sweeney turned Navy ship HMS Argyle into a real showboat - by entertaining troops in a sensational Moulin Rouge basque.