Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson

The Tony Award-winning musical "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" made its triumphant debut at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, opening last night, April 23 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Performances continue through June 1, 2014. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below!

"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 cast, which includes Nathaniel Stampley and Alicia Hall Moran as Porgy and Bess (respectively), also featuresAlvin 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.

In addition, the cast includes Dan Barnhill, Vanjah Boikai, Adrianna M. Cleveland, Roosevelt Andre Credit, Cicily Dainels, 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 Roseand Soara-Joye Ross.

This new adaptation of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" was specifically created for Broadway and features a revised book in a musical theatre format and jazz-oriented musical arrangements. The classic story is set in Charleston's fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess' relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theatre's most exhilarating love stories.

Based on DuBose Heyward's novel "Porgy" and the play of the same name, which he co- wrote with his wife, Dorothy Heyward, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" includes such legendary songs such as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing."

The creative team also includes choreographer Ronald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer Esosa, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, sound designer ACME Sound Partners, music supervisor Constantine Kitsopoulous and music director/conductor Dale Rieling.

The revival of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" had its world premiere at Harvard University's American Repertory Theater during its 2011/12 season. The production moved to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway for a limited engagement with an official opening on January 12, 2012. "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" closed on September 23, 2012, after 322 performances, making it the longest running production of "Porgy and Bess" to ever play Broadway.

Tickets for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or in person at the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center.

Photo Credit: Garrett Davis/Capture Imaging

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Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Kym E. Whitley

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Michole Briana White

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Brenda Strong

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Beth Payne

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Actress Jenifer Lewis

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Kiki Shepard

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
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Actress Rochelle Aytes

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Actress Leslie Segar

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Mike Medavoy

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Actress Kiki Haynes

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Musician Kenny Lattimore

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Freda Payne

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Actress Shanola Hampton

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Actress Trina Parks

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast members Sumayya Ali and David Hughey

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Lyn Talbert and actor David E. Talbert

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actor Courtney B. Vance

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Musician Kenny Lattimore, actress Kiki Shepard and actor Courtney B. Vance

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actor Courtney B. Vance and Director Diane Paulus

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Director Diane Paulus

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Eric Idle and Tania Kosevich

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Actor Keith David

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Actor Keith David

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Actress Angela Bassett

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
The cast take their bows

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
The cast take their bows

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast members Nathaniel Stampley and Alicia Hall Moran

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast members Nathaniel Stampley and Alicia Hall Moran

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
The cast and guests pose backstage

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast member James Earl Jones II, musician Kenny Lattimore and cast member Kingsley Leggs

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast members Alicia Hall Moran and Denisha Ballew

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Lynn Whitfield and cast member Sumayya Ali

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast member Kingsley Leggs, actress Jenifer Lewis and cast member James Earl Jones II

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Jenifer Lewis and cast member Alvin Crawford

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast members Kent Overshown, actress Lynn Whitfield and cast member James Earl Jones II and Dwelvan David

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actor Courtney B. Vance, Director Diane Paulus and actress Angela Bassett

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Angela Bassett and cast member Dwelvan David

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast members Alvin Crawford and James Earl Jones II

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actor Keith David and cast member Tamar Greene

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast member Alicia Hall Moran and actress Kym E. Whitley

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast member Nathaniel Stampley and actor Keith David

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast members Alicia Hall Moran, Nathaniel Stampley and actress Rochelle Aytes

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Kiki Haynes and cast members Nathaniel Stampley and Alicia Hall Moran

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actress Cocoa Brown, cast member Alicia Hall Moran and actresses Kiki Haynes and Michole Briana White

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actor Courtney B. Vance, cast member Sumayya Ali, actress Angela Bassett and cast member David Hughey

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast members Denisha Ballew, Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Kingsley Leggs and David Hughey

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast members Tamar Greene and Lindsay Roberts

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast member Sumayya Ali, actress Kym E. Whitley and cast members David Hughey

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast members Chauncey Parker, Lindsay Roberts, Denisha Ballew and Kingsley Leggs

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast member Alicia Hall Moran, actress Kym E. Whitley and cast members Nathaniel Stampley and Dwelvan David

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Actor Courtney B. Vance, cast member Alicia Hall Moran, actress Angela Bassett and cast member Nathaniel Stampley

Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
Cast member Nathaniel Stampley, Director Diane Paulus and cast member Alicia Hall Moran

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