Add published author to Gerard's impressive resumé. Recently the Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture went to print with Dr. Floriano's article on Show Boat composer, Jerome Kern. Here is an excerpt from the article and link to the publisher's website:
Between 1918 and 1927 Kern established himself as the most popular and sought after composer on Broadway. 1918 alone saw six new productions which bore his name. In 1927, together with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, II, Kern wrote what was to be his most significant work, Show Boat. Produced by Florenz Siegfeld, Show Boat - based on the novel by Edna Ferber - opened on Broadway on December 27, 1927 and represented a significant shift in American Musical Theatre. The realistic plot dealt with a troupe of actors plying their trade on a showboat and confronting deep seeded racial and social issues of American society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Kern’s score closely mirrored the characters’ dramatic conflicts and gave voice to their emotions.