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Modern Family Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson Visits Porgy and Bess

Modern Family Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson Visits Porgy and Bess
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson is the latest famous face at the Richard Rodgers Theatre taking in the popular revival of Porgy and Bess. A vet of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, On the Town and other shows, Ferguson didn't leave his love of Broadway behind when he hit it big on the Emmy-winning sitcom Modern Family. On February ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Porgy and Bess' Phillip Boykin on Finding Inspiration From Audra, Suzan-Lori and Mom

Porgy and Bess' Phillip Boykin on Finding Inspiration From Audra, Suzan-Lori and Mom

Age & Hometown: 43; Greenville, South Carolina. “I don't mind sharing my age because I've dreamed of being on Broadway for a long time. I tell young people, ‘Never give up on your dream.’”

Current Role: Bringing trouble to the residents of Catfish Row as Crown, Audra McDonald’s abusive lover and pimp, in Porgy and Bess.

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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 ...

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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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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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