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Tony-Winning Revival of Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, to Close Earlier Than Expected

Tony-Winning Revival of Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, to Close Earlier Than Expected

The Tony-winning Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess will end its limited run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre a week earlier than expected. The show, which was initially set to run through September 30, will now close on September 23. Directed by Diane Paulus and starring 2012 Tony winner Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Norm Lewis, Porgy and Bess will ...

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Weekend Poll Top Three: Songs from Grease and Spring Awakening Rank as Fans’ Top Summer Jams

Weekend Poll Top Three: Songs from Grease and Spring Awakening Rank as Fans’ Top Summer Jams

In the hot summer swelter, many theater fans stay cool (and rock out poolside) with the help of their favorite summer show tune. Last week, Broadway.com asked readers which summer-themed Broadway song is their favorite. The fans have spoken, and the results vary from Grease’s high volume recount of summer love to Spring Awakening’s melodic musings on ...

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Porgy and Bess' Nikki Renée Daniels Releases Solo Album Home

Porgy and Bess' Nikki Renée Daniels Releases Solo Album Home

Nikki Renée Daniels, who currently plays Clara in the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess, will release her debut solo album Home on March 27. Named for the The Wiz song "Home," the album features a mix of gospel, pop and show tunes. 

Daniels is joined on the album by guest vocalists Titus Burgess and Jeff Kready. The ...

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Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Co. Will Record Two-Disc Porgy and Bess Cast Album

Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Co. Will Record Two-Disc Porgy and Bess Cast Album

The popular revival of Porgy and Bess will get a two-disc cast recording from PS Classics. The cast led by Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, and David Alan Grier will record the classic Gershwin tunes March 12 and 13 in anticipation of a May 8 release date. Porgy and Bess opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on January 12 and will ...

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Nikki Renée Daniels on the Pressure and Excitement of Singing 'Summertime' in Porgy and Bess

Nikki Renée Daniels on the Pressure and Excitement of Singing 'Summertime' in Porgy and Bess

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Nikki Renée Daniels, a talented vet of eight Broadway musicals (including Aida, Anything Goes, Promises, PromisesLes Miserables and Nine), is back on the Rialto as luminous young mother Clara in Diane Paulus' hit revival of Porgy and Bess. Daniels is no stranger to the role, having played Clara in a 2002 New York City Opera production ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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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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
Show
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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 ...

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