PORGY AND BESS National Tour Set for Limited Run at Belk Theater, July 15-20, 2014

PORGY AND BESS National Tour Set for Limited Run at Belk Theater, July 15-20, 2014

The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, announces the complete cast for the tour launch at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre this November. The show plays in Charlotte July 15-20, 2014 in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Joining previously announced Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy and Alicia Hall Moran as Bess will be Alvin Crawford as Crown, Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life, Sumayya Ali as Clara, DENISHA BALLEW as Serena, Danielle Lee Greaves as Mariah, and David Hughey as Jake.

The cast also includes Dan Barnhill, Vanjah Boikai, ADRIANNA M. CLEVELAND, Roosevelt André Credit, Cicily Daniels, Dwelvan David, Nkrumah Gatling, TAMAR GREENE, Nicole Adell Johnson, James Earl Jones II, QUENTIN OLIVER LEE, CHERYSE McLEOD LEWIS, SARITA RACHELLE LILLY, Kent Overshown, Chauncey Packer, Lindsay Roberts, Fred Rose, and SOARA-JOYE ROSS.

"Every so often a project comes along that is so astonishing that one has to drop everything and just say I'm going to do it. That's what I felt when I was asked to doThe Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," said Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus. "The epic sweep of the story, the immense history of the musical itself and the unforgettable Gershwin score, highlighted by 'Summertime,' 'I Got Plenty of Nothing' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So' make this unquestionably one of the greatest American masterpieces."

The tour will travel to over 20 cities in its first season, including:

THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS 2013-2014 Touring Route

San Francisco, CA 11/10/13 - 12/8/13 The Golden Gate Theatre

Dallas, TX 12/10/13 - 12/22/13 Winspear Opera House

Washington, DC 12/25/13-12/29/13 The National Theatre

West Palm Beach, FL 1/7/14 - 1/12/14 Kravis Center for the Perf. Arts

Tampa, FL 1/14/14 - 1/19/14 Straz Center for the Perf. Arts

Naples, FL 1/21/14-1/26/14 Artis-Naples

Greenville, SC 1/28/14 - 2/2/14 The Peace Center

Cleveland, OH 2/4/14 - 2/16/14 PlayhouseSquare

Philadelphia, PA 2/18/14 - 2/23/14 Academy of Music

Pittsburgh, PA 2/25/14 - 3/2/14 Benedum Center

Detroit, MI 3/4/14 - 3/9/14 The Opera House

Buffalo, NY 3/11/14 - 3/16/14 Shea's Performing Arts Center

East Lansing, MI 3/18/14 - 3/23/14 Wharton Center

St. Paul, MN 3/25/14 - 3/30/14 Ordway Center

Des Moines, IA 4/1/14 - 4/6/14 Des Moines Civic Center

Las Vegas, NV 4/15/14 - 4/20/14 The Smith Center

Los Angeles, CA 4/22/14 - 6/1/14 Ahmanson Theatre

Tempe, AZ 6/3/14 - 6/8/14 ASU Gammage

Seattle, WA 6/11/14 - 6/29/14 The 5th Avenue Theatre

Charlotte, NC 7/15/14 - 7/20/14 Belk Theater

THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS by George Gershwin, DUBOSE and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, features one of Broadway's most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer DIEDRE L. Murray (Running Man). The creative team also includes choreographerRonald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer ESOSA, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, sound designerACME Sound Partners, music supervisor CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOUS, and music director/conductor Dale Rieling.

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