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Patti LuPone, The Skivvies, Ben Platt and More Will Play 54 Below, Aug-Sept 2014Patti LuPone, The Skivvies, Ben Platt and More Will Play 54 Below, Aug-Sept 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

This August and September 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

PORGY AND BESS National Tour Earns Highest-Grossing Week in CharlottePORGY AND BESS National Tour Earns Highest-Grossing Week in Charlotte
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, ends on a high note grossing $1,030,014 for the week closing July 20, 2014, making it the highest-grossing week on the tour. More than 15,000 people attended the show in Charlotte. (more...)

Adriane Lenox, Ken Page & More Set for 54 SINGS THE WIZ on 8/10Adriane Lenox, Ken Page & More Set for 54 SINGS THE WIZ on 8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, celebrates the Tony Award-winning musical, The Wiz, with '54 Below Sings The Wiz,' part of the '54 Sings Series.' '54 Below Sings The Wiz' will play two performances only: Sunday, August 10 at 7PM and 9:30PM. To make a reservation, visit www.54below.com. Cover starts at $50. $25 food & beverage minimum. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Muny's Intoxicating Production of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESSBWW Reviews: The Muny's Intoxicating Production of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS
by Chris Gibson - Jul 9, 2014

Though the weather was stormy on the opening night of the MUNY's presentation of the American Repertory Theater's 2011 update of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, and believe me I drove through some heavy downpours as I made my way to Forest Park, somehow the rain held off and allowed this wonderful show to proceed. Purists have been in an uproar over the fact that the original show has been altered, and while I certainly understand what all the fuss was about, there's no denying the fact that this new interpretation is a moving and compelling production that's definitely a winning crowd-pleaser. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Reimagined PORGY AND BESS at 5th Avenue Feels Unfocused and RushedBWW Reviews: Reimagined PORGY AND BESS at 5th Avenue Feels Unfocused and Rushed
by Jay Irwin - Jun 18, 2014

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. A motto to live by. That is, apparently, unless you're Diane Paulus who knows better than the original creators of “Porgy and Bess”, currently playing at the 5th Avenue Theatre, on how it should be told. Sure, it's mostly the same basic story but with the pared down script and cast and the re-orchestrated music it feels like “Porgy and Bess Lite” rather than “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess” as they call it. And don't even get me started on that title. Enough has been said on that already. (more...)

National Tour of PORGY AND BESS Plays 5th Avenue Theatre, Now thru 6/29National Tour of PORGY AND BESS Plays 5th Avenue Theatre, Now thru 6/29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes the National Tour of the Broadway sensation, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. This stunning musical plays today, June 11-29, 2014 (press opening June 12) at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101). (more...)

Photo Flash: Company of PORGY AND BESS National Tour Performs at 'INSPIRED BY LOVE' ASTEP BenefitPhoto Flash: Company of PORGY AND BESS National Tour Performs at 'INSPIRED BY LOVE' ASTEP Benefit
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

On May 12th company members from the national tour of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess presented Inspired By Love: The Music of Brett Macias Upstairs at Vitellos, benefiting Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP). Inspired By Love featured selections from composer Brett Macias's musicals Gumbo, Beautiful Dreamer, and Beneath the Surface as well as a world premiere song cycle based on the love sonnets of Pablo Neruda. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

National Tour of PORGY AND BESS to Play 5th Avenue Theatre, 6/11-29National Tour of PORGY AND BESS to Play 5th Avenue Theatre, 6/11-29
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes the National Tour of the Broadway sensation, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. This stunning musical plays June 11-29, 2014 (press opening June 12) at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101). Tickets (starting at $39.25) may be purchased online at www.5thavenue.org, by phone at 206-625-1900, or at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling Group Sales Manager Niklaus Lopez at 1-888- 625-1418. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS Has Got Plenty of PlentyBWW Reviews: The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS Has Got Plenty of Plenty
by Don Grigware - Apr 25, 2014

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Photo Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the AhmansonPhoto Flash: PORGY AND BESS Celebrates Opening at the Ahmanson
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

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! (more...)

Nathaniel Stampley and Alicia Hall Moran Star in PORGY AND BESS, Kicking Off at the Ahmanson TonightNathaniel Stampley and Alicia Hall Moran Star in PORGY AND BESS, Kicking Off at the Ahmanson Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,' winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, opens at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre tonight, April 23 and play through June 1, 2014. (more...)

THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS Debuts Tonight at CTG's Ahmanson TheatreTHE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS Debuts Tonight at CTG's Ahmanson Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

The Tony Award-winning musical 'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess' makes its triumphant debut at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, beginning tonight, April 22 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Performances continue through June 1, 2014. (more...)

THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS to Debut at CTG's Ahmanson Theatre, 4/22-6/1THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS to Debut at CTG's Ahmanson Theatre, 4/22-6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Tony Award-winning musical 'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess' makes its triumphant debut at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, opening Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Performances continue through June 1, 2014. (Preview April 22.) (more...)

PORGY AND BESS National Tour Runs Now thru 3/30 at The OrdwayPORGY AND BESS National Tour Runs Now thru 3/30 at The Ordway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will perform today, March 25-30, 2014 at the Ordway. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS is Full of Emotion at the Detroit Opera HouseBWW Reviews: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS is Full of Emotion at the Detroit Opera House
by Katie Laban - Mar 5, 2014

The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess is beautiful production both musically and visually that will be at the Detroit Opera House until March 9th. The national tour of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical revival is accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra and features many of Broadway cast members including Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy and Alicia Hall Moran as Bess. (more...)

Tickets for National Tour of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS Goes on Sale Today at The Smith CenterTickets for National Tour of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS Goes on Sale Today at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

The Smith Center announced today that single tickets for The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will go on sale today, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. (more...)

PORGY AND BESS National Tour to Run 3/25-30 at The OrdwayPORGY AND BESS National Tour to Run 3/25-30 at The Ordway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Based on DuBose Heyward's novel 'Porgy' and the play of the same name, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward, the Broadway revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is a stunning and stirring new staging with a magnificent 23-piece orchestra, including such legendary songs as 'Summertime,' 'It Ain't Necessarily So,' and 'I Got Plenty of Nothing.' (more...)

PORGY AND BESS National Tour Makes Philadelphia Premiere, Now thru 2/23PORGY AND BESS National Tour Makes Philadelphia Premiere, Now thru 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Tickets for The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, are now on sale. Part of the BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA season, presented by the KimMel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization, THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS arrives at the Academy of Music for a limited engagement beginning today, Feb. 18 - 23. The official press opening is tonight, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Tickets for National Tour of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS to Go on Sale 2/21 at The Smith CenterTickets for National Tour of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS to Go on Sale 2/21 at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

The Smith Center announced today that single tickets for The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will go on sale Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PORGY AND BESS Enthralls at the PalaceBWW Reviews: PORGY AND BESS Enthralls at the Palace
by Roy Berko - Feb 6, 2014

It might surprise many to find that the original 1935 Broadway production of 'PORGY AND BESS' ran only 124 performances. The reasons were many including the all Black cast, some of the overtones of the script were perceived by some to be 'too Negro,' the opera format was considered 'not Broadway,' while some railed that it 'had racial overtones.' Other suppositions were that the heavy dependence of a strong story line was not a familiar format during the era of escapist comedies, follies and vaudeville. Not to be overlooked was the fact that the production lasted four hours, with two intermissions. (more...)

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