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Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, who lives in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina, and his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her pimp, and Sporting Life, a drug dealer. The musical features the classics "Summertime," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," "I Got Plenty of Nothing," and "It Ain't Necessarily So."

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Sep. 23, 2012.

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About Porgy and Bess on Broadway

Previews: Dec 17, 2011 • Opening: Jan 12, 2012 • Closing: Sep 23, 2012
Broadway Musicals Drama 2012 Tony Winners
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Richard Rodgers Theatre Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
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What is the Story of Porgy and Bess?
Set in the 1930s in an African-American Charleston neighborhood known as Catfish Row, Porgy and Bess centers on the tragic love story of the cripple beggar Porgy and beautiful Bess, who longs to turn away from her former life as a prostitute and cocaine addict. After a murder, Bess’ abusive partner Crown flees, leaving her at the mercy of a disapproving community and tempted by the seductive drug dealer Sporting Life. Bess strikes up an unlikely relationship with Porgy and gradually finds acceptance on Catfish Row—until a hurricane and the return of Crown change everyone’s lives forever.

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Sportin' Life
Bryonha Marie Parham


George Gershwin
Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward
Book Adapter
Suzan-Lori Parks
Diane Paulus
Ronald K. Brown
Set Designer
Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Designer
Emilio Sosa
Lighting Designer
Christopher Akerlind
Sound Designer
Acme Sound Partners
William David Brohn
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