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Photos: First Look at PORGY & BESS on Broadway!

The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS opens on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre starring Audra McDonald as Bess, Norm Lewis as Porgy and David Alan Grier as Sporting Life. Production shots have just been released and below we bring you a first look!

Joining these Broadway A-listers onstage are 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 Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS comes to Broadway in a new staging, featuring such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty Of Nothing," plus a remarkable cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, "Private Practice"), Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Sondheim on Sondheim) and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (Race, "In Living Color"). 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.

The A.R.T. production of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Rebecca Gold.

Photo Credit: Michael J. Lutch

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

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Norm Lewis

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Bryonha Marie Parham, Norm Lewis, NaTasha Yvette Williams

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David Alan Grier

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Audra McDonald

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Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis

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Lisa Nicole Wilkerson, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Norm Lewis, Joshua Henry

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis

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Audra McDonald, Phillip Boykin

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David Alan Grier and Company

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David Alan Grier and Company

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Audra McDonald, NaTasha Yvette Williams and Company

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Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis

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Audra McDonald

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David Alan Grier

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NaTasha Yvette Williams, David Alan Grier and Company

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Norm Lewis, Joshua Henry, Roosevelt André Credit, Trevon Davis, Wilkie Ferguson

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Norm Lewis

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Wilkie Ferguson, Joshua Henry, Trevon Davis, Roosevelt André Credit

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and Company

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Norm Lewis and Company

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
David Alan Grier and Company

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Joshua Henry, Nikki Renée Daniels

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess


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