The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Praised by The New Yorker as, “A great achievement!” and hailed by the Associated Press as, “a gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece,” the classic story of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories. The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess features such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

Recommended for ages 12+; contains mature themes; parental guidance is suggested.

“A great Broadway musical achievement that left me breathless.” – The New Yorker

Above photos are: (1) Alicia Hall Moran as Bess and Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy; (2) Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life and the cast; (3) the cast; and (4) Alvin Crawford and the cast. Photos by Michael J. Lutch.
 

Jan. 14 - 19, 2014 Carol Morsani Hall
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Show Dates & Times

Tues. 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 8 p.m.
Sat. 2 and 8 p.m.
Sun. 2 and 7:30 p.m.

About the Show

Cast
ALICIA HALL MORAN (Bess)
NATHANIEL STAMPLEY (Porgy)
ALVIN CRAWFORD (Crown)
KINGSLEY LEGGS (Sporting Life)
SUMAYYA ALI (Clara, u/s Bess)
DENISHA BALLEW (Serena)
DAN BARNHILL (Detective)
DANIELLE LEE GREAVES (Mariah)
DAVID HUGHEY (Jake)
VANJAH BOIKAI (Swing, u/s Jake)
ADRIANNA M. CLEVELAND (Woman of Catfish Row, u/s Clara)
ROOSEVELT ANDRÉ CREDIT (Fisherman)
CICILY DANIELS (Woman of Catfish Row, u/s Mariah)
DWELVAN DAVID (The Crab Man, u/s Crown)
NKRUMAH GATLING (Ensemble, u/s Jake)
TAMAR GREENE (Fisherman)
NICOLE ADELL JOHNSON (Woman of Catfish Row, Dance Captain)
JAMES EARL JONES II (Robbins, u/s Porgy)
QUENTIN OLIVER LEE (Swing; u/s Porgy, Crown)
CHERYSE MCLEOD LEWIS (Swing, u/s Bess)
SARITA RACHELLE LILLY (The Strawberry Woman)
KENT OVERSHOWN (Mingo, the Undertaker, u/s Porgy)
CHAUNCEY PACKER (Honey Man, u/s Sporting Life)
LINDSAY ROBERTS (Swing, u/s Clara)
FRED ROSE (Policeman)
SOARA-JOYE ROSS (Woman of Catfish Row, u/s Serena, u/s Bess) 

Porgy and Bess is by GEORGE GERSHWIN, DUBOSE and DOROTHY HEYWARD and IRA GERSHWIN.

Creative Team
DIANE PAULUS – Director
SUZAN-LORI PARKS - playwright
DIEDRE L. MURRAY - composer
RONALD K. BROWN - choreographer
RICCARDO HERNANDEZ - set designer
ESOSA - costume designer
CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND - lighting designer
ACME SOUND PARTNERS - sound designer

 

Reviews

#1 MUSICAL OF THE YEAR
"A don’t-miss theater event.” – TIME Magazine 

“A BIG HIT! An indispensable ticket" – The New York Times

“A great achievement that left me breathless.”– The New Yorker 

“A GORGEOUS VERSION OF THE GERSHWIN MASTERPIECE!” – Associated Press 

“A LUSCIOUS PIECE OF MUSICAL THEATER! A gripping, in-your-face, vibrant revival that bursts with fierce immediacy.” – Newsday

 

 

 

Education

A post-show talk-back will be held following the Wednesday, Jan. 15, performance. Talk-backs may be changed or cancelled without notice.

Download the study guide.

Audio Files

"Summertime"

Run-time: 150 minutes including intermission