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Smash Producer Steven Spielberg Takes In the Hit Revival of Porgy and Bess

Smash Producer Steven Spielberg Takes In the Hit Revival of Porgy and Bess
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Now that he is executive-producing a TV show about Broadway, Steven Spielberg is enjoying doing a little real-life research: On February 12, the Oscar-winning director took in a matinee performance of the Broadway smash Porgy and Bess. After the curtain came down on the Gershwin revival, Spielberg and his family made their way backstage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre to meet ...

Vanessa Williams and James Spader Head Backstage at Porgy and Bess

Vanessa Williams and James Spader Head Backstage at Porgy and Bess
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Porgy and Bess is a celebrity hot spot with the likes of Rosie O’Donnell, Joan Rivers and Chelsea Clinton all recently making their way to the show and backstage to congratulate its stars. This week, Tony nominee Vanessa Williams made her way down to Catfish Row to support her former Sondheim on Sondheim co-star Norm Lewis and catch up with ...

Feel the Passion and Drama in a Squigs Sketch of Porgy and Bess

Feel the Passion and Drama in a Squigs Sketch of Porgy and Bess

Broadway.com’s resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson recently took a trip to the Richard Rodgers Theatre to meet Porgy, Bess, and the close community of Catfish Row. In this heart-wrenching portrait of the new Broadway production of Porgy and Bess, Squigs captures the passionate love of the cripple Porgy (Norm Lewis) and his woman Bess (Audra McDonald) and the world ...

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Rosie O'Donnell, Chelsea Clinton and Bobby Cannavale Swing By Broadway's Porgy and Bess

Rosie O'Donnell, Chelsea Clinton and Bobby Cannavale Swing By Broadway's Porgy and Bess
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Family and friends abound in Catfish Row! Over the holiday weekend of January 13, the cast of Porgy and Bess welcomed Broadway veterans Rosie O’Donnell and Bobby Cannavale, former First Daughter and current NBC News correspondant Chelsea Clinton as well as family members of the cast who arrived in town to see them perform. O’Donnell, Cannavale, Clinton and more went ...

B'way Loves You, Porgy! Join the Opening Night Bash for Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis

B'way Loves You, Porgy! Join the Opening Night Bash for Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis

From the tenements of Catfish Row to the swanky party at the McKittrick Hotel, it was an emotional evening at the January 12 Broadway opening of Diane Paulus’ reimagined Porgy and Bess. A starry crowd settled into the Richard Rodgers Theatre to welcome one Broadway’s brightest stars Audra McDonald back to the Rialto. After the show, McDonald and co-stars Norm ...

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Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & More Share the Love at the Opening of Porgy and Bess

Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & More Share the Love at the Opening of Porgy and Bess
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The beloved Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess has returned to Broadway in a new production with a dream cast. Directed by Diane Paulus, the musical officially bowed on January 12 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre starring four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier. The opening night featured enough star power to light Times Square as celebrities from ...

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Fall in Love with Porgy and Bess?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Fall in Love with Porgy and Bess?

The Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess has returned to Broadway in a new production that puts the romance of the story center stage. Broadway.com Word of Mouth panelists Marlene, Peter and Kim headed to Catfish Row by way of the Richard Rodgers Theatre to check out director Diane Paulus' take on this tragic love story, starring Audra McDonald, Norm ...

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Take a First Look at Catfish Row in Porgy and Bess Video Footage

Take a First Look at Catfish Row in Porgy and Bess Video Footage

Porgy and Bess, starring four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier, officially opens January 12 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Broadway.com already gave you a first look at production photos from Diane Paulus' production, but Porgy and Bess truly comes alive with the music. The classic Gershwin score features the unforgettable tunes “Summertime,” “Ain’t ...

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Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, Opens on Broadway

Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, Opens on Broadway

The anticipated restaging of the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess, starring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier, opens January 12 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Featuring a revised book by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Diane Paulus, the cast also includes Joshua Henry, Phillip Boykin, Nikki Renée Daniels, Christopher Innvar, Bryonha Marie Parham and NaTasha Yvette Williams. Porgy ...

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A First Look at Broadway's Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis

A First Look at Broadway's Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis
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After a lengthy journey, the cripple Porgy and his lady Bess have finally made it to New York. Four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald is back on Broadway starring alongside Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier in a new version of the classic Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. We’ve got an early look at the musical, directed by Diane Paulus, in ...

Phylicia Rashad Visits Her Raisin in the Sun Co-Star Audra McDonald at Porgy and Bess

Phylicia Rashad Visits Her Raisin in the Sun Co-Star Audra McDonald at Porgy and Bess
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It was family reunions all around at Porgy and Bess on December 29. Phylicia Rashad stopped by Catfish Row to see her former Raisin in the Sun co-star Audra McDonald (the two won Tony Awards for the 2004 revival of the classic drama). Also on hand was The Little Mermaid's Sierra Boggess (Broadway-bound this spring in Rebecca), who dropped ...

And the Livin’ Is Easy! Welcome Porgy and Bess to Broadway With Five Showstopping Versions of 'Summertime'

And the Livin’ Is Easy!  Welcome Porgy and Bess to Broadway With Five Showstopping Versions of 'Summertime'

Porgy and Bess, starring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier, is filled to the brim with classic songs by George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, including “I Got Plenty of Nothing” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” But the most famous song from the show, of course, is is the beautiful musical lament “Summertime.” The song ...

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Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Return to Broadway as Previews Begin for Porgy and Bess

Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Return to Broadway as Previews Begin for Porgy and Bess

Four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald is back on Broadway headlining a new production of the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. Previews begin December 17 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre for this anticipated production, co-starring Norm Lewis as Porgy and David Alan Grier as Sporting Life. Featuring a revised book by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Diane Paulus, Porgy and Bess ...

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Watch Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier Bring Passion to Porgy and Bess

Watch Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier Bring Passion to Porgy and Bess

Need some summertime heat to chase away your winter blues? Get a sneak peek of Porgy and Bess starring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier. On December 5, the cast wowed a press preview audience with classic Gershwin numbers like “Bess, You is My Woman Now,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty Of Nothing.” ...

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Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Co. Preview Porgy and Bess

Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Co. Preview Porgy and Bess
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Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald returns to Broadway on December 17 in the new staging of Porgy and Bess. McDonald, along with co-stars Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier, brought a bit of Catfish Row to the New 42nd Street Studios on December 6 as they shared selections from the highly anticipated revival and posed for company photos. Click on ...

Joshua Henry & More Complete the Cast of Porgy and Bess

Joshua Henry & More Complete the Cast of Porgy and Bess

Casting is complete for the upcoming Broadway production of Porgy and Bess. As previously announced, four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, and David Alan Grier will star in the revival as Bess, Porgy and Sporting Life, respectively. Diane Paulus’ production of the Gershwin classic, featuring a reworked book by Suzan-Lori Parks, will begin previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre ...

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Tickets Now Available to See Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis in Porgy and Bess

Tickets Now Available to See Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis in Porgy and Bess

The much-talked-about revival of Porgy and Bess will get the new year off to an exciting start on Broadway. Tickets are now on sale for the Gershwins’ operatic musical, which will feature Norm Lewis and four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald in the title roles. Diane Paulus’ production will begin previews on December 17 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with opening ...

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Porgy and Bess Begins on Broadway

Porgy and Bess Begins on Broadway
Date
Dec 17, 2011
Where
Richard Rodgers Theatre
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The Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess begins previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Featuring music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward and a re-worked book by Suzan-Lori Parks, the show includes such classics as "Summertime," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," "I Got Plenty o' Nothin" and "It Ain't Necessarily So." Originally ...

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Exclusive Photos! Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Celebrate Porgy and Bess' Pre-Broadway Opening

Exclusive Photos! Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Celebrate Porgy and Bess' Pre-Broadway Opening
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It's summertime and the livin' was easy at Cambridge's American Repertory Theatre on August 31, where the Broadway-bound Porgy and Bess had its opening night. Broadway.com ventured to the Massachusetts theater to catch the show's stars (four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier) as they celebrated with their fellow Catfish Row citizens. Porgy and Bess ...

Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis & David Alan Grier Speak Out About Porgy and Bess

Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis & David Alan Grier Speak Out About Porgy and Bess

In the wake of Stephen Sondheim’s criticism of the Broadway-bound Porgy and Bess, the American Repertory Theatre in Boston has released a video feature in which the stars and creators express their feelings about the operatic musical classic. Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald talk about their respect for the show, with four-time Tony winner McDonald noting that she finally feels ...

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A Dramatic First Look at Norm Lewis & Audra McDonald in Porgy and Bess

A Dramatic First Look at Norm Lewis & Audra McDonald in Porgy and Bess
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By now, everybody who cares about musical theater has heard that Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald are headed to Broadway in Diane Paulus’ much-debated revamping of Porgy and Bess. Production photos have just been released for the Gershwin and Heyward classic, which has just begun its pre-NYC run at Boston’s American Repertory Theatre. Click on to get your first look ...

Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis & More Headed to Broadway in Porgy and Bess

Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis & More Headed to Broadway in Porgy and Bess

After a pre-Broadway run at the American Repertory Theatre, four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier will head to Broadway in Porgy and Bess. Diane Paulus’ production of the Gershwin classic, featuring a reworked book by Suzan-Lori Parks, will begin previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on December 17 and open on January 12, 2012.

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Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier to Join Audra McDonald in Boston Porgy and Bess

Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier to Join Audra McDonald in Boston Porgy and Bess

Broadway vets Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier will join previously announced star Audra McDonald in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Lewis and McDonald will play the show’s title characters, while Grier takes on the role of drug dealer Sportin’ Life. Performances will begin on August 17, directed by Tony nominee Diane ...

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Finishing the Race: Spader, Washington and Grier Announce Departure Dates

Finishing the Race: Spader, Washington and Grier Announce Departure Dates

Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier and Kerry Washington will play their final performance in David Mamet’s Race on June 13. Co-star James Spader will leave the production on June 20. The play is set to run through August 21, with new cast members to be announced shortly. Original cast member Richard Thomas will continue in the show at Broadway's ...

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Race Tony Nominee David Alan Grier Shares How He Stays Positive and Moist

Race Tony Nominee David Alan Grier Shares How He Stays Positive and Moist

Tony nominee David Alan Grier, who plays lawyer Henry Brown in David Mamet’s Race, has had a long career as a performer. He was nominated for a Tony for his Broadway debut in The First in 1981, and he's done everything from musical theater (Dreamgirls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) to television comedy (In Living ...

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