The American classic opera Porgy and Bess new interpretation brings controversy and younger patrons to Broadway with nightly standing ovations and shouts of bravo from audiences of all ages. A Theatre Chat Top Pick! “A powerful and provocative piece of classic theatre.” Please note Porgy and Bess has graphic language: Recommended for Age 13 and up with Parental Guidance. Get you tickets now.
(Sporting Life) David Alan Grier’s song “It Ain’t Necessarily So” may be the message behind this classic. Don’t believe what you hear in the news. This talented cast and production team updates Porgy and Bess with new ideas or maybe just brings attention to the use of drugs and promiscuity in this timeless classic. Porgy and Bess is sure touching audiences of all ages. The strong message is relating more with the audience in this present day perfomance with real life similarities giving George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess classic opera piece new life for the new generation.
Audra McDonald is provocative and passionate as (Bess) a sure Tony Award nomination and possible winner. Audra’s voice is of course is an attraction to this controversial Broadway hit but Norm Lewis as Porgy and David Alan Greier (Sporting Life) stand out in vocal and acting chops as well. American Repertory Theater is sure to be nominated multiple times at this years Tony Awards for this timeless production. The amazing production team includes the brillinat direction by Director Diane Paulus. The fresh, creative, authentic and imaginative choreography by Ronald K. Brown colors the story and effectivly reaches the audience of all ages.
The endless cast of talented performers incudes: Phillip Boykin (Crown), Nikki Rene’e Daniels (Clara), Joshua Henry (Jake), Christopher Innvar (Detective), Bryonha Marie Parkham (Serena), NaTasha Yvette Williams (Mariah), Allison Blackwell (Woman of Catfish Row, u/s Mariah), Roosevelt Andre’ Credit (fisherman), Trevon Davis (Fisherman, u/s Jake), Joseph Dellger (Policeman, u/s Detective), Wilkie Ferguson (Fisherman, u/s The Crab Man, Robbins) Carmen Ruby Floyd (Swing, u/s Mariah), Heather Hill (Women of Catfish Row, The Strawberry Woman), David Hughey (Swing, u/s Sporting Life, Jake, Robbins), Andrea Jones-Sojola (The Strawberry Woman, u/s Clara, Serena), Alicia Hall Moran (Woman of Catfish Row, u/s Bess), Cedric Neal (The Crab Man), Phumzile Sojola (Peter, the Honey Man; u/s Robbins), Nathaniel Stampley (Robbins, u/s Porgy, Crown), Julius Thomas III (Swing, u/s The Crab Man; Mingo, the Undertaker; Peter the Honey Man), J.D. Webster (Mingo, the Undertaker), Lisa Nicole Wilkerson (Woman of Catfish Row, Dance Captain, Flight Captain).
Music by George Gershwin, Libretto/Lyrics DuBose & Dorothy Heyward, Lyrics Ira Gershwin, Director Diane Paulus, Adapter/Additional Scenes Suzan-Lori Parks, Musical Adapter Diedre L. Murry, Choreographer Ronald K. Brown, Scenic Design Riccardo Hernandez, Costume Design ESOSA, Lighting Design Christopher Akerlind (Lighting Design), Sound Design Acme Sound Partners, Wig/Hair/Make-up Design J. Jared Janas & Rob Greene.
Musical Supervisor David Loud, Music Director and Conductor Constantine Kitsopolous, Music Coordinator John Miller, Orchestrations William David Brown, Orchestrations Christopher Jahnke, Casting Telsy & Company, Associate Director/Production Stage Manager Nancy Harrington, Stage Manager Julie Baldauff, Assistant Stage Manger Sharika Niles, Assistant Director Mia Walker, Technical Supervision Neil A. Mazzella/Hudson Theatrical Associates, General Management Richards/Climan, INC.
The controversy of domestic abuse, drug use and promiscuity that is portrayed in this African American opera only sheds light on the present day use of drugs and todays promiscuity, that can be noticed by uprise of infections of HIV and AIDS in all nationalities. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 25 million people worldwide have died from AIDS since the start of the epidemic. Who knew the journey of Porgy and Bess could inspire our present day youth to obstain from drugs, promiscuity and stay clear of domestic abuse. If Porgy and Bess can change choices of our youth then theatre has worked its magic! “Porgy and Bess A Theare Chat Top Pick!”
If Broadway’s Porgy and Bess can touch countless audiences with standing ovations and shouts of bravo then the message of this show has been heard thanks to the adaptation by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray. “Porgy and Bess is a stunning and inspirational piece of theatre re-imagined for a whole new generation of theatergoers.” Theatre Chat.
Over twenty four passionate producers should be praised for bringing Porgy and Bess back to the Broadway stage where it premiered in New York in the fall of 1935. Accepted in the United States as a legitimate opera in 1976 and nine years later performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Porgy and Bess has now become a timeless classic.
Producer Jeffrey Richards, Producer Jerry Frankel, Producer Rebecca Gold, Producer Howard Kagan, Producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Producer Brunish Trinchero, Producer Meredith Lucio, Producer The Broadway Consortium, Producer Joseph and Matthew Dietch, Producer Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Producer Terry Schnuck, Producer Freitag Productions, Producer Heni Koenigsberg, Producer Michael Filerman, Producer, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Producer Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Producer Judith Resnick, Producer Tulchin/Bartner/ATG, Producer Paper Boy Productions, Producer Michael A. Alden, Producer Dale Badway, Producer Irene Gandy, Producer Will Trice and American Repertory Theater.
Porgy and Bess facebook page states “when the project was announced in November 2010, Suzan-Lori Parks remarked, “I am thrilled to be part of the wonderful team working on Porgy and Bess. Our approach is fresh and respectful; we’re working to retain all the best-loved elements of the original while crafting a piece that speaks to contemporary audiences.”
Porgy and Bess has graphic language: Recommended for Age 13 and up with Parental Guidance. Playing now at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Located at 226 W 46th St New York, NY 10036. For tickets to visit richardrodgerstheatre.com or www.porgyandbessonbroadway.com. NOTE: Only the Richard Rodgers Theatre box office and Ticketmaster.com are authorized to sell tickets to this event. Box Office (212) 221-1211. Box Office Hours Mon – Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
SPECIAL NOTE: Audra McDonald performs for the Kennedy Center Honors on CBS TONIGHT, Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. C.
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