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Photos: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY & BESS Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway!

Last night, January 12, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess starring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier, opened at the Richard Rodger's Theatre on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the celebratory after party at the McKittrick Hotel and brings you photo coverage below!

Joining these Broadway A-listers onstage were Phillip Boykin as Crown, Nikki Renée Daniels as Clara, Joshua Henry as Jake, Christopher Innvar as Detective, Bryonha Marie Parham as Serena and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mariah as well as Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt André Credit, Trevon Davis, Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Heather Hill, David Hughey, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Alicia Hall Moran, Cedric Neal, Phumzile Sojola, Nathaniel Stampley, Julius Thomas III, J.D. Webster and Lisa Nicole Wilkerson.

The classic story by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward 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 crippled but 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 theater's most exhilarating love stories.

Following its sold-out world premiere engagement at Boston's American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), the creative team, led by Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), now brings George and Ira Gershwin's legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years. The creative team also includes choreographer Ronald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer ESosa, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind and sound designer ACME Sound Partners.

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinksi

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
David Alan Grier

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Diane Paulus, Diedre L. Murray, Suzan-Lori Parks

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JD Webster, Nathaniel Stampley, and Trevon Davis

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Nathaniel Stampley, JD Webster, Trevon Davis, Wilkie Ferguson III, Joseph Dellger, NaTasha Yvette Williams, and Christopher Innvar

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Joshua Henry and Roosevelt Andre Credit

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
NaTasha Yvette Williams

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Christopher Innvar and Joshua Henry

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Christopher Innvar, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Joshua Henry, and Roosevelt Andre Credit

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David Hughey, Carmen Ruby Floyd, and Julius Thomas III

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Norm Lewis

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Norm Lewis

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Carmen Ruby Floyd and Norm Lewis

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Diane Paulus and Norm Lewis

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Phillip Boykin

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Wilkie Ferguson III

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Wilkie Ferguson III, Phillip Boykin, Diane Paulus, and Nikki Renee Daniels

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Nikki Renee Daniels

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Alicia Hall Moran, Lisa Nicole Wilkerson, Allison Blackwell, Heather Hill and Andrea Jones-Sojola

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Phumzile Sojola and Andrea Jones-Sojola

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Allison Blackwell

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Allison Blackwell

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Joshua Henry, Andrea Jones-Sojola, and Phumzile Sojola

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Allison Blackwell and Joshua Henry

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Bryonha Marie Parham and J. Bernard Calloway

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Audra McDonald and Will Swenson

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Audra McDonald

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Nikki Renee Daniels, Norm Lewis, and Audra McDonald

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Nikki Renee Daniels, Norm Lewis, and Audra McDonald

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess


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