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A reworked version of this Gershwin classic comes to Broadway starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis.

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Hello Gorgeous! Exclusive Photo of Barbra Streisand's Backstage Visit at Porgy and Bess

Hello Gorgeous! Exclusive Photo of Barbra Streisand's Backstage Visit at Porgy and Bess

Broadway's first Funny Girl, the legendary Barbra Streisand, made time in her busy schedule to check out the Tony-winning revival of Porgy and Bess on September 19. Streisand, along with friend and A-list fashion designer Donna Karan, enjoyed the Gershwins’ gorgeous score and the award-winning performance by Porgy and Bess’ leading lady Audra McDonald. After the curtain came down ...

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She Loves You, Elmo! Porgy and Bess Star Audra McDonald to Appear on Sesame Street in New Segment

She Loves You, Elmo! Porgy and Bess Star Audra McDonald to Appear on Sesame Street in New Segment

Tony winner Audra McDonald will be among the guest stars appearing in Elmo the Musical, a new segment featured on Sesame Street, according to The New York Times. The new segment will debut on the show's September 24 season premiere and be featured sporadically throughout the season, replacing the long-running Elmo's World segment that concluded each episode.

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Porgy and Bess Star Joshua Henry Remembers Hitting on Hot Girls and Playing in a Cover Band

Porgy and Bess Star Joshua Henry Remembers Hitting on Hot Girls and Playing in a Cover Band

As kids all over America head back to school, Broadway.com decided to ask our favorite Broadway stars to look back at their own years in the classroom—and share a school picture! Tony nominee Joshua Henry, who went from high school jock to Broadway star in Porgy and Bess, recalls his trouble with math class and picking up girls and ...

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Tony Winner Audra McDonald Returns to Full Performance Schedule in Porgy and Bess

Tony Winner Audra McDonald Returns to Full Performance Schedule in Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess' Tony-winning leading lady Audra McDonald will return to playing all eight shows each week in the Tony-winning revival beginning August 28. After suffering a respiratory infection in June, McDonald began playing seven performances a week, with her understudy Alicia Hall Moran assuming the role of Bess on Wednesday evenings.

Set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, Porgy and ...

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Spike Lee Hopes to Direct a Big Screen Musical Adaptation of Porgy and Bess

Spike Lee Hopes to Direct a Big Screen Musical Adaptation of Porgy and Bess

Two-time Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee is in negotiations to turn the Gershwin musical Porgy and Bess into a film, according to IndieWire.com. The musical has been a passion project for Lee for over a decade and after seeing the current Broadway revival, Lee has begun negations with the Gerswhin estate to bring the opera back to the big screen ...

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Porgy Star Audra McDonald on Winning Tony Number Five, Befriending Her Idols and Finding (and Losing!) Her Voice

Porgy Star Audra McDonald on Winning Tony Number Five, Befriending Her Idols and Finding (and Losing!) Her Voice

Audra McDonald, who picked up her fifth Tony earlier this summer for Porgy and Bessstopped by Show People with Paul Wontorek to discuss her trophy collection, life with fiance Will Swenson & memories of starring in Evita at age 16!

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Audra McDonald on 'Manly Man' Fiance Will Swenson and Sending Her Puppy to Be Trained By Monks

Audra McDonald on 'Manly Man' Fiance Will Swenson and Sending Her Puppy to Be Trained By Monks

Broadway couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson are readying to head down the aisle, and life has been quite different for the pair since Swenson finished his Broadway run as a drag queen Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The Porgy and Bess star recently stopped by Broadway.com’s Show People with Paul Wontorek and revealed her home life with Swenson ...

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Porgy and Bess' Audra McDonald Fulfills Her New Year's Resolution on The Chew

Porgy and Bess' Audra McDonald Fulfills Her New Year's Resolution on The Chew

Porgy and Bess headliner Audra McDonald is determined to fulfill her 2012 New Year’s resolution, which is to learn how to cook for her family. A self proclaimed “danger in the kitchen,” McDonald recruited help from her friends at ABC’s The Chew. On July 17, the Chew crew taught the five-time Tony winner how make a killer dessert using ...

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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 Star Audra McDonald Talks Tony Awards and Vocal Rest on Good Day New York

Porgy and Bess Star Audra McDonald Talks Tony Awards and Vocal Rest on Good Day New York

After two weeks on doctor's ordered vocal rest, five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald returns to the stage on July 5 in Porgy and Bess. That morning, McDonald gave her first interview since her recovery to Good Day New York. During her visit McDonald discuss how she spent her time away from the show and why, in her busy life, doing ...

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Tony Winner Audra McDonald Returns to Broadway’s Porgy and Bess

Tony Winner Audra McDonald Returns to Broadway’s Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess headliner Audra McDonald returns to the Tony-winning revival as scheduled on July 5 after two weeks of vocal rest. McDonald left the production on June 20 due to a respiratory infection which caused her vocal chords inflaming to a point where she was unable to sing. McDonald, who nabbed for fifth Tony Award for playing Bess, will ...

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Tony Hot Shot! Audra McDonald Shares Her Big Night with Fiancé Will Swenson and Their 'Wee Posse of Three'

Tony Hot Shot! Audra McDonald Shares Her Big Night with Fiancé Will Swenson and Their 'Wee Posse of Three'

One of the sweetest moments at the 2012 Tony Awards was the look of joy on 11-year-old Zoe Donovan’s face when her mom, Audra McDonald, won the Best Actress Tony Award for Porgy and Bess. During McDonald’s acceptance speech, the camera panned down the row to show proud fiancé Will Swenson (Broadway star of Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and ...

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Watch Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Perform 'Summertime' and More from Porgy and Bess at the 2012 Tonys

Watch Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Perform 'Summertime' and More from Porgy and Bess at the 2012 Tonys

The audience at the 2012 Tony Awards on June 10 were transported from the Beacon Theatre to Catfish Row when the cast of the Best Revival of a Musical winner Porgy and Bess took the stage. Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald along with nominees Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier deliciously sang snippets of “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty of ...

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Five-Time Winner Audra McDonald of Porgy and Bess Pays Loving Tribute to Daughter Zoe at 2012 Tonys

Five-Time Winner Audra McDonald of Porgy and Bess Pays Loving Tribute to Daughter Zoe at 2012 Tonys

Audra McDonald won her fifth Tony Award (and her first in a leading category) at the 2012 Tonys for her passionate portrayal of drug-addicted Bess in the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess.

During her emotional acceptance speech, McDonald remembered herself as a "hyperactive and over-dramatic" little girl who found theater. "And I found my home," she said. "And I ...

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Porgy and Bess Tony Nominee David Alan Grier Talks Awards Season on Good Day New York

Porgy and Bess Tony Nominee David Alan Grier Talks Awards Season on Good Day New York

Before his big night, Tony nominee David Alan Grier stopped by Good Day New York on June 8 to crack some jokes and spread word about his current gig in the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess. Grier discussed why Porgy and Bess is “the most important American opera” and explained how he isn’t nervous for the June 10 awards ...

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Get Porgy and Bess Nominee Phillip Boykin's Priceless Tony Reaction

Get Porgy and Bess Nominee Phillip Boykin's Priceless Tony Reaction

Get a glimpse of Phillip Boykin’s funny side. The actor earned his first Tony nomination as the murderous Crown in Porgy and Bess. Find out his first thoughts after hearing he was nominated, his dream role and more!

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Porgy and Bess' David Alan Grier on Pimps, Vodka Enemas and the Power of YouTube

Porgy and Bess' David Alan Grier on Pimps, Vodka Enemas and the Power of YouTube

David Alan Grier scored his third Tony nomination this year as Catfish Row’s drug dealing pimp, Sporting Life, in the acclaimed revival of Porgy and Bess. Grier, who became a breakout star in the 1990s sketch comedy show In Living Color, grew up in Detroit in the 1960s and graduated from Yale School of Drama. He made his Broadway debut ...

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Porgy and Bess' Norm Lewis Brings His Signature Smile to the Wall at Sardi’s

Porgy and Bess' Norm Lewis Brings His Signature Smile to the Wall at Sardi’s
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Norm Lewis plays the tragic character of Porgy onstage in Porgy and Bess, but offstage Lewis is one happy fella, especially when he is honored with his very own portrait at Sardi’s! The first time Tony nominee has been a Great White Way favorite for over 20 years in shows including The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Side Show  ...

Porgy and Bess Tony Nominee Phillip Boykin Can’t Live Without Backstage Treats, Gags and Dressing Roommates

Porgy and Bess Tony Nominee Phillip Boykin Can’t Live Without Backstage Treats, Gags and Dressing Roommates

Porgy and Bess star Phillip Boykin may play Audra McDonald's evil, murderous ex-lover Crown onstage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, but behind the scenes, this opera vet is an adorable teddy bear! The 2012 Best Featured Actor Tony nominee invited Broadway.com backstage to show off his funny side as well as his five favorite dressing room items, most of ...

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Secrets of the Tony Nominees! What is Porgy and Bess Star Norm Lewis' Favorite Show of All Time?

Secrets of the Tony Nominees! What is Porgy and Bess Star Norm Lewis' Favorite Show of All Time?

As the excitement builds for the 2012 Tony Awards, Broadway.com is presenting a series of exclusive video features in which your favorite nominated stars spill secrets about themselves, their stage faves and their preparation for Broadway's big night. Today we hear from first time Tony nominee Norm Lewis who earned a nod for his heartbreaking performance as the loving ...

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Tony Nominee Norm Lewis on Audra, Les Miz and How Controversy Brought the Porgy and Bess Company Together

Tony Nominee Norm Lewis on Audra, Les Miz and How Controversy Brought the Porgy and Bess Company Together

One of Broadway's most dependable and versatile musical theater actors, Norm Lewis is celebrating his first Tony nomination for his starring role as the cripple Porgy in Porgy and Bess. Paired with Audra McDonald, Lewis undergoes a startling physical transformation and delivers a heart-wrenching performance in this new adaptation of the classic Gershwin opera. His distinct baritone voice has been ...

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Tony Flashback! Porgy Nominee Norm Lewis Recalls Taking the Stage in Tommy and Lillias White Belting 'Brotherhood of Man'

Tony Flashback! Porgy Nominee Norm Lewis Recalls Taking the Stage in Tommy and Lillias White Belting 'Brotherhood of Man'

In the weeks leading up to the 2012 Tony telecast, Broadway.com is posting videos of favorite Tony memories of this year’s nominees, with their own commentary. Norm Lewis, nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for the revival of Porgy and Bess, singles out two special moments, one involving his Broadway debut and the other featuring a close friend ...

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Secrets of the Tony Nominees! What Advice Did Chita Rivera Give Porgy and Bess Star David Alan Grier?

Secrets of the Tony Nominees! What Advice Did Chita Rivera Give Porgy and Bess Star David Alan Grier?

As the excitement builds for the 2012 Tony Awards, Broadway.com is presenting a series of exclusive video features in which your favorite nominated stars spill secrets about themselves, their stage faves and their preparation for Broadway's big night. Today, get to know David Alan Grier, a three-time Tony nominee who is starting trouble in Catfish Row as the devilish ...

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Perez Hilton & More Visit the Tony-Nominated Stars of Porgy and Bess

Perez Hilton & More Visit the Tony-Nominated Stars of Porgy and Bess
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The company of Porgy and Bess celebrated its 10 Tony nominations on May 1 with special guests Perez Hilton, John Cameron Mitchell and vets of Hair, including Priscilla star Will Swenson, a.k.a. Audra McDonald's fiance. Celebrity blogger Hilton has been making the Broadway rounds recently (last week he saw Peter and the Starcatcher and Avenue Q). After ...

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