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

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Porgy and Bess Star Norm Lewis Had to Rewind Tony Announcement to Believe His Nom

Porgy and Bess Star Norm Lewis Had to Rewind Tony Announcement to Believe His Nom

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start buzzing with texts and calls for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2012 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Norm Lewis
Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical, Porgy and Bess


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Porgy and Bess Star Audra McDonald Gushes Over Fellow Nominees Steve Kazee, Jan Maxwell & Judith Light

Porgy and Bess Star Audra McDonald Gushes Over Fellow Nominees Steve Kazee, Jan Maxwell & Judith Light

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start buzzing with texts and calls for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2012 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Audra McDonald
Nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Porgy ...

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David Alan Grier Feels the Sweet Vindication of Porgy and Bess' 10 Tony Nods

David Alan Grier Feels the Sweet Vindication of Porgy and Bess' 10 Tony Nods

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start buzzing with texts and calls for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2012 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

David Alan Grier
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Aretha Franklin Hopes Porgy and Bess Star Audra McDonald Will Headline Biopic

Aretha Franklin Hopes Porgy and Bess Star Audra McDonald Will Headline Biopic

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin has set her sights on Porgy and Bess star Audra McDonald for a new biofilm of the singer’s life, according to Detroit News. On March 28, Franklin attended a performance of Porgy and Bess in honor of her 70th birthday, and was allegedly impressed by McDonald’s emotional portrayal of Bess. Franklin has not yet spoken to ...

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Porgy and Bess’ Lisa Nicole Wilkerson on Her Journey from Track Star to Dancing Diva

Porgy and Bess’ Lisa Nicole Wilkerson on Her Journey from Track Star to Dancing Diva
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For the latest Gotta Dance! profile, Broadway.com gets insight into the life of a Broadway gypsy courtesy of Lisa Nicole Wilkerson, Porgy and Bess’ eye-catching dancer. An only child from a working-class background, Wilkerson saw dance as a social activity and continued to cultivate her interests in sports and broadcast journalism until she found herself dancing in national ...

Jim Carrey Visits His In Living Color Co-Star David Alan Grier & the Cast of Porgy and Bess

Jim Carrey Visits His In Living Color Co-Star David Alan Grier & the Cast of Porgy and Bess
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Two decades ago, Jim Carrey and David Alan Grier were performing outrageous skits and stunts as the stars of TV’s In Living Color. Today, Carrey is an international movie star, and Grier is winning raves as Sporting Life in the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess. On April 13, Carrey and his girlfriend Anastasia Vitkina made their way to the ...

Porgy and Bess Star David Alan Grier Stops By VH1’s Morning Buzz to Talk In Living Color Reunion

Porgy and Bess Star David Alan Grier Stops By VH1’s Morning Buzz to Talk In Living Color Reunion

Porgy and Bess star David Alan Grier stopped by VH1's new daily show Big Morning Buzz Live on April 13 to chat about his return to Broadway, theatrical superstitions and the differences between theater and TV. The Tony nominee also refelcted on starring in the groundbreaking TV sketch comedy series In Loving Color, and discussed the possibility of seeing his ...

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Goes Backstage to Meet the Stars of Porgy and Bess

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Goes Backstage to Meet the Stars of Porgy and Bess
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Aretha Franklin is the latest famous face to take in Diane Paulus’ Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess. The Queen of Soul headed down to Catfish Row on March 28 with her fiancé Willie Wilkerson to hear that classic Gershwin score. After the curtain came down, Franklin, Wilkerson Civil Rights activist Julian Bond went backstage to meet Audra McDonald, Norm ...

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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NaTasha Yvette Williams Leads an Uncensored Backstage Tour at Porgy and Bess

NaTasha Yvette Williams Leads an Uncensored Backstage Tour at Porgy and Bess

The revival of Porgy and Bess may be tragic onstage, but backstage this company is full of fun and laughs. Broadway.com asked the main mamma of Catfish Row, NaTasha Yvette Williams (Mariah), to give us a look behind the scenes at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Williams’ hysterical guided tour of the “old and small” Broadway house includes a glimpse ...

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The Cast of Porgy and Bess Dons Hoodies to Honor Slain Teen Trayvon Martin

The Cast of Porgy and Bess Dons Hoodies to Honor Slain Teen Trayvon Martin

The company of Broadway’s Porgy and Bess “hooded up” on March 25 in honor of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed African-American teen shot to death in Sanford, Florida, on February 26. As the case continues to draw national attention, the Porgy cast and creative team showed their solidarity by donning hoodies (which Martin was wearing at the time of his death ...

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Diane Paulus, Alan Menken and Rosie O’Donnell to Be Honored by The Drama League

Diane Paulus, Alan Menken and Rosie O’Donnell to Be Honored by The Drama League

Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair, Porgy and Bess), eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (Broadway’s Newsies, Sister Act and Leap of Faith) and Emmy winner and Broadway veteran Rosie O’Donnell (Grease, Fiddler of the Roof) will be honored at the 78th Annual Drama League Awards. Paulus will be honored for Excellence in Directing, Menken will be honored for Distinguished Achievement and ...

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Porgy and Bess Launching National Tour in Fall 2013

 Porgy and Bess Launching National Tour in Fall 2013

The Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess will kick off a national tour during the the Fall of 2013. Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, Porgy and Bess opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on January 12 and will continue through September 30. No casting, cities or official dates for the tour have been announced at this time.


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Porgy and Bess' Audra McDonald Duets with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report

Porgy and Bess' Audra McDonald Duets with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report

Porgy and Bess star Audra McDonald dropped by The Colbert Report on March 5 to chat with TV funnyman Stephen Colbert. During the interview, McDonald and Colbert (who performed together at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors) discussed the opera's rich history, while Colbert noticed a few similarities between himself and McDonald's "liquor guzzling slut" character, Bess. After their chat McDonald delivered ...

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Watch Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Perform 'Summertime' and More from Porgy and Bess on The Rosie Show

Watch Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Perform 'Summertime' and More from Porgy and Bess on The Rosie Show

Rosie O’Donnell fell so in love with Porgy and Bess when she saw the musical in January, that she insisted headliners Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis perform on her new talk show. The stars of the Gershwin revival recently traded their home at sunny Catfish Row (aka the Richard Rodgers Theatre) for a day in the Windy City to appear ...

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Porgy and Bess Star Audra McDonald Discusses Girl Crushes, Sex Tapes and Happy Dust on Side by Side by Susan Blackwell

Porgy and Bess Star Audra McDonald Discusses Girl Crushes, Sex Tapes and Happy Dust on Side by Side by Susan Blackwell

One might not expect four-time Tony winner and Juilliard-trained star Audra McDonald to discuss scatalogical urges while singing or dish on whether Taye Diggs, Sean “Diddy” Combs or fiancé Will Swenson is the best kisser, but that’s the wonder of Susan Blackwell—she inspires total honesty! In this hilarious Side by Side, the Porgy and Bess star holds nothing back as ...

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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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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 21 ...

See David Alan Grier and the Cast of Porgy and Bess Head to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

See David Alan Grier and the Cast of Porgy and Bess Head to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

It’s Broadway Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and on February 21 the funnyman welcomed the cast of the lush revival of Porgy and Bess to perform. David Alan Grier delivered a rousing rendition of the toe-tapper “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” In the number, the no-good Sporting Life (Grier) reinterprets the Gospel for the townspeople of Catfish ...

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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 ...

Porgy and Bess Stars Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis on Pizza, Sex Symbols and Les Miz Chic

Porgy and Bess Stars Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis on Pizza, Sex Symbols and Les Miz Chic

Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis heat up the stage in the acclaimed revival of Porgy and Bess, and offstage the co-stars are super close pals. The friends took a break from Catfish Row to answer fans’ burning questions and finish each other’s sentences in this hilarious Ask a Star. Highlights include bickering over who is the real star and everything ...

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David Alan Grier Chats With Jimmy Fallon

David Alan Grier Chats With Jimmy Fallon
Date
Feb 21, 2012
Show
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 David Alan Grier, currently starring on Broadway in Porgy and Bess, chats with Jimmy Fallon on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon!

Grier, known for his stints on TV comedy shows like In Living Color and Comedy Central’s Chocolate News, was recently seen on Broadway in David Mamet’s Race, for which he earned his second Tony nomination. He was previously nominated ...

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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 ...

Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, Extends Broadway Run

Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, Extends Broadway Run

The Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess will extend its run through September 30 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, according to the New York Times. Directed by Diane Paulus and starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, the production had originally been scheduled to close July 8. 

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

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Workouts and Wings: A Day in the Life of Porgy and Bess Star Joshua Henry

Workouts and Wings: A Day in the Life of Porgy and Bess Star Joshua Henry
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Joshua Henry is one of Broadway’s brightest up-and-coming stars. The 27-year-old actor already has four Broadway credits, including In the Heights, American Idiot and a Best Actor Tony nomination for The Scottsboro Boys, plus a star turn in The Wiz at Encores! (Not bad for someone whose first stage credit was in 2006!) Henry is currently back on the boards ...

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