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DuBose Heyward

Date of Death: July 16, 1940 (54)

Birth Place: Charleston, SC, USA

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SHOW BOAT Will Come to NYU Skirball in 2025

The Obie Award-winning Target Margin Theater and NYU Skirball will present a new production of the groundbreaking musical Show Boat in the Spring of 2025. Directed by Target Margin Theater’s Founding Artistic Director David Herskovits, the revival uses the original 1927 book and score by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.

World Premiere Staging of Shakespeare's PERICLES to be Presented at Target Margin Theater in February

The Obie Award-winning Target Margin Theater will present a world premiere staging of Shakespeare’s Pericles, a rarely-seen tragicomedy that explores themes of healing, redemption, and reconciliation.

Which Broadway Show Has Been Revived the Most?

This month, the reader question was “What Broadway show has been revived the most?” Taking both plays and musicals into account, and considering works in repertory, these were the findings.

The Gun Club's Classic 'The Las Vegas Story' ('84) Gets Deluxe Release on 2xVinyl & 2xCD

Now the album is back as a super deluxe two-CD/DVD and double-vinyl set, containing a digitally remastered version of the original 11-track album produced by Jeff Eyrich. Both the vinyl and CD versions feature a bonus disc with 10 live tracks recorded at Scorgie's in Rochester, New York on August 8, 1984.

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces 50th Anniversary Season And $15 Million Endowment Campaign

Des Moines Metro Opera's General and Artistic Director Michael Egel announced today the repertory for the company's 50th Anniversary Season alongside the launch of the public phase of a $15 million fundraising campaign, 50 Next: Giving Voice to the Future.

Barrington Stage Company Announces 2021 Season Featuring Three World Premieres of Works by Joshua Bergasse & More

Barrington Stage Company will produce a 2021 season that will feature four productions staged indoors at the theatre’s Boyd-Quinson Stage (30 Union Street) and three productions which will be staged outdoors under a tent at BSC’s Production Center (34 Laurel Street).

VIDEO: Lana Del Rey Covers 'Summertime' by George Gershwin

Lana Del Rey has released a new video performing Summertime by George Gershwin.

Richard Skipper Celebrates HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE GERSHWIN with Richard Glazier

Richard Skipper Celebrates Happy Birthday, George Gershwin with Richard Glazier, Saturday evening, September 26th at 8PM ET/5PM PT. The virtual event will stream LIVE through Richard Skipper Celebrates on Facebook and YouTube. 

Anatomy of a Showtune: 'Summertime' from PORGY AND BESS

Though the reach of Gershwin's classic tunes has proved vast, no other song from his canon has quite matched the monumental success of Porgy and Bess' opening aria, 'Summertime.'

The 101 Greatest Showtunes from 1920-2020

How do we make a list of the 101 greatest show tunes from the past 100 years? Well, we did the near-impossible task.  Check out our full list here! 

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Has Announced 2020-2021 Season

Lyric Opera of Kansas City General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced the company's 2020-2021 season. It features four mainstage productions, including The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, both of which are being performed on a Lyric Opera of Kansas City stage for the first time. Two all-time favorites known for incomparable melodies - Verdi's beloved La traviata and Bizet's passionate Carmen - round out the extraordinarily diverse season. The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra will accompany all performances at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Find biographies of the casts and creative teams at Lyric Opera of Kansas City and find high-resolution photos here.

BWW Review: PORGY AND BESS at The Metropolitan Opera

Opening Night at the Metropolitan Opera! The very words tingle with palpable electricity and anticipation. Whether you attend in person, or go to the Times Square simulcast, or whether you listen on the radio or on the Met website, you are participating in one of the most thrilling events of the New York City musical year.

BWW Review: PORGY & BESS, West Horsley Place

"Summertime" has just about arrived in the UK and Grange Park Opera continue their 2019 season with George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy & Bess. The audience are whisked away from West Horseley Place's idyllic setting to Charleston, South Carolina in this production directed by Jean-Pierre van der Spuy.

Downtown Music Publishing to Represent George Gershwin Catalog

Downtown Music Publishing has signed a publishing administration and catalog marketing agreement for the George Gershwin catalog with the Godowsky family and Heyward Memorial Fund, respective successors to the historic American songwriter and Porgy and Bess authors DuBose and Dorothy Heyward. In addition to many of Gershwin's preeminent works, the agreement includes management of more than 300 previously unpublished songs by Gershwin that have been largely unavailable since their discovery in the 1980s.

White Company of PORGY AND BESS in Hungary Asked to Say They 'Identify as African-American'

According to The Guardian, there is a production of Porgy and Bess happening in Hungary, featuring white actors, and the company is going to extreme lengths to get around the issue.

Photo Flash: Opening Tonight - The South Florida Symphony Orchestra's PORGY AND BESS

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra's production of the Gershwin's great American opera Porgy and Bess opens tonight.

Richard Jay-Alexander To Direct South Florida Symphony's PORGY AND BESS

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra has announced three performances of a groundbreaking new production of the Gershwin's great American opera Porgy and Bess.

Fort Worth Opera Announces World Premiere Opera COMPANIONSHIP & Full Casting For 2019 Festival Season

Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today the casts and creative teams for the 2019 Festival season, including the world premiere of composer-librettist Rachel J. Peters's delightfully wicked opera, Companionship. Adapted from the short story by internationally bestselling author Arthur Phillips, this delicious dark comedy about an obsession with dough, mirrors our modern world, where what we consume becomes all-consuming. Selected as a winner of the 2018 FWOpera Frontiers showcase, the work will receive a fully staged production next spring at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, as part of FWOpera's alternative venue series, Opera Unbound.

York Symphony Orchestra Presents American Classics

The York Symphony Orchestra will present American Classics on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts in York. The performance will pay tribute to the military with a color guard and armed forces salute in honor of National Armed Forces Day and will feature music by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and a commemoration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th Birthday. Single tickets starting at $9 for adults and $5 for students are available online at www.YorkSymphony.org or by calling 717-846-1111.

A Mostly-White PORGY AND BESS Stirs Up Controversy in Hungary

One would assume that any company of Porgy and Bess, a 1935 folk opera set in an African American tenement in Charleston, South Carolina, would be made up of a black cast. It ain't necessarily so.


DuBose Heyward has written 5 shows including Porgy (Playwright), Brass Ankle (Playwright), Porgy and Bess (Bookwriter), Mamba's Daughters (Bookwriter/Lyricist), A Night With Janis Joplin (Composer).

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