January 12, 2012
September 30, 2012
The musical follows Porgy, a crippled man who lives in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina, and his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her pimp, and Sporting Life, a drug dealer.
The story is based on DuBose Heyward’s novel Porgy and the subsequent play of the same name. The musical is based on The Gershwins’ classic American opera.
In 1935, America’s opera, Porgy and Bess premiered at the Colonial Theatre in Boston before opening at Broadway’s Alvin Theatre. The opera was revived on Broadway in 1942 and in 1986. In London 2006, director Trevor Nunn adapted the opera into a work for theater. In summer 2011, a newly reworked musical version of Porgy and Bess under the direction of Diane Paulus had a pre-Broadway run at Cambridge’s American Repertory Theatre.
Music by George Gershwin; Lyrics by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin; Book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks; Music adapted by Diedre Murray
Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Howard Kagan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Meredith Lucio TBC, Joseph and Matthew Deitch, Mark S. Golub and David S. Golub, Terry Shnuck, Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Ken Mahoney, Judith Resnick, Tulchin/Bartner/ATG, Paper Boy Productions, Alden Badway, Broadway Across America, Christopher Hart, Will Trice and Irene Gandy
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Musical
During its out-of-town run in Boston, Porgy and Bess used cast member NaTasha Yvette Williams’ twin babies to alternate the role of Clara’s baby, but for the Broadway production, the role of the baby is played by a doll.