He's the most famous man you've never heard of.
In the 1850s John Banvard did more to elevate fine arts than any single American artist before him. Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile long moving panorama celebrating the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi. Today an examination of reference books will not turn up a single mention of his name. John Banvard, the greatest artist of his time, has been utterly obliterated by history. This musical tells his story.
“The [show’s] message about the hard choices creative folk have to make between commerce and artistic purity is as relevant today as it was over a century ago." - Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX
“...a world-premiere musical just opened, and it’s purely delightful: witty, well-constructed and colorful.” - Talkin' Broadway, 2016
"Georama is an informative, good-humored, and always engaging, slice of American History..." - Broadway World St. Louis, January 2016
“A triumph of design and engineering...the kind of show that thrilled Banvard’s audience.” - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 2016
“Georama takes its audience on a tour of the Mississippi River and 19th Century America and beyond with heart, energy, a tuneful score, and a great cast.” - Snoop's Theatre Thoughts, January 2016
“It’s exciting to see a new play as well crafted and staged as Georama is. Grab your chance to say you knew it when it was young.” - St. Louis Easts and Drinks, January 2016
“★★★★★. Georama is handsomely crafted and filled with more than a few surprising elements, an enchanting musical journey into a fascinating and little-known chapter of American history.” - Ladue News, January 2016
“The creative team...has written a musical about an uncommon man for the common man, and it is spectacular.” - Riverfront Times, January 2016
“The cast is one of the most talented the Rep has ever used. Their vocal abilities are spirited and assertive.” - KMOX, January 2016
“How they accomplished this magnificent history lesson...is beyond belief.” - Stage Door St. Louis, January 2016
“...a strong sense of place and time, creating a work that honors our rich river culture and the never-ending quest to make something that matters during our lifetime.” - Belleville News-Democrat, January 2016
“Georama is a gem.” - PLAYBACK, January 2016
“Delightful...The action proceeds at a snappy pace under the direction of West Hyler.” - HEC-TV, February 2016
"It is a love story, a comedy, a musical, and a tragedy all in one... Audiences will find it is rollicking fun, with tunes you’ll be humming all the way home." - Winona Post, May 2016