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DuBose Heyward

 
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Date of Birth: August 31, 1885
Date of Death: July 16, 1940 (54)

Birth Place: Charleston, SC, USA
 

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The Gun Club's Classic 'The Las Vegas Story' ('84) Gets Deluxe Release on 2xVinyl & 2 Photo The Gun Club's Classic 'The Las Vegas Story' ('84) Gets Deluxe Release on 2xVinyl & 2xCD
by Michael Major - May 23, 2022

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 Ca Photo Des Moines Metro Opera Announces 50th Anniversary Season And $15 Million Endowment Campaign
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2021

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 Wor Photo Barrington Stage Company Announces 2021 Season Featuring Three World Premieres of Works by Joshua Bergasse & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 6, 2021

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 Photo VIDEO: Lana Del Rey Covers 'Summertime' by George Gershwin
by Stage Tube - Nov 20, 2020

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

Richard Skipper Celebrates HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE GERSHWIN with Richard Glazier Photo Richard Skipper Celebrates HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE GERSHWIN with Richard Glazier
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2020

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 Photo Anatomy of a Showtune: 'Summertime' from PORGY AND BESS
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 30, 2020

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 Photo The 101 Greatest Showtunes from 1920-2020
by Peter Nason - Mar 19, 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 Photo Lyric Opera of Kansas City Has Announced 2020-2021 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 7, 2020

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 Photo BWW Review: PORGY AND BESS at The Metropolitan Opera
by Joanna Barouch - Sep 26, 2019

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 Photo BWW Review: PORGY & BESS, West Horsley Place
by Fiona Scott - Jun 9, 2019

"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.

DuBose Heyward Videos

VIDEO: Lana Del Rey Covers 'Summertime' by George Gershwin VideoVIDEO: Lana Del Rey Covers 'Summertime' by George Gershwin
by Stage Tube - Nov 20, 2020

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

VIDEO: 12-Year-Old Ventriloquist Stuns AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Judges
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 5, 2017

A 12-year-old who uses ventriloquism to overcome her shyness stunned the crowd with a surprising singing act on last week's AMERICA'S GOT TALENT. Below, watch as she stuns the audience and the judges and gets a Golden Buzzer from Mel B!

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/22/16- PORGY AND BESS
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2016

Today in 1942, the first revival of Porgy and Bess opened at the Majestic Theatre, where it ran for 286 performances. First performed in 1935, with music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, it was based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and subsequent play of the same title, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s. Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an 'American folk opera', Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers-a daring artistic choice at the time.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/6/15- Ira Gershwin
by Stage Tube - Dec 6, 2015

Happy Birthday, Ira Gershwin! A lyricist, Gershwin collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. With George he wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows, featuring songs such as 'I Got Rhythm', 'Embraceable You', 'The Man I Love' and 'Someone to Watch Over Me'. He was also responsible, along with DuBose Heyward, for the libretto to George's opera Porgy and Bess. The success the brothers had with their collaborative works has often overshadowed the creative role that Ira played. However, his mastery of songwriting continued after the early death of George. He wrote additional hit songs with composers Jerome Kern ('Long Ago (and Far Away)'), Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 9/13/15- PORGY AND BESS
by Stage Tube - Sep 13, 2015

Today in 1943, Porgy and Bess opened at the 44th Street Theatre, where it ran for 24 performances. First performed in 1935, with music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, it was based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and subsequent play of the same title, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s. Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an 'American folk opera', Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers-a daring artistic choice at the time.

STAGE TUBE: Norm Lewis Gives Sneak Peek of AMERICAN SONGBOOK Concert; Airs Friday on PBS!
by Stage Tube - Apr 7, 2015

Live From Lincoln Center - the pioneering, award-winning performing arts series - continues its 40th anniversary season with another concert from Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, featuring Norm Lewis: Who Am I? (April 10 on PBS). Song selections include: 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly?' (Music by Frederick Loewe, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner); 'I Got Plenty o' Nuttin' (Music by George Gershwin, lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin); 'What's Going On' (Renaldo Benson, al Cleveland, and Marvin Gaye); and 'No One Is Alone' (Stephen Sondheim).

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/22/15- PORGY AND BESS
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2015

Today in 1942, the first revival of Porgy and Bess opened at the Majestic Theatre, where it ran for 286 performances. First performed in 1935, with music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, it was based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and subsequent play of the same title, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s. Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an 'American folk opera', Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers-a daring artistic choice at the time.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/6- Ira Gershwin
by Stage Tube - Dec 6, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ira Gershwin! A lyricist, Gershwin collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. With George he wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows, featuring songs such as 'I Got Rhythm', 'Embraceable You', 'The Man I Love' and 'Someone to Watch Over Me'. He was also responsible, along with DuBose Heyward, for the libretto to George's opera Porgy and Bess. The success the brothers had with their collaborative works has often overshadowed the creative role that Ira played. However, his mastery of songwriting continued after the early death of George. He wrote additional hit songs with composers Jerome Kern ('Long Ago (and Far Away)'), Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/13- PORGY AND BESS
by Stage Tube - Sep 13, 2014

Today in 1943, Porgy and Bess opened at the 44th Street Theatre, where it ran for 24 performances. First performed in 1935, with music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, it was based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and subsequent play of the same title, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s. Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an 'American folk opera', Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers-a daring artistic choice at the time.

MEGA STAGE TUBE: Norm Lewis Heads to AMERICAN SONGBOOK- Our Favorite Performances, Plus Songs and Scoop!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 5, 2014

Norm Lewis makes his eagerly anticipated solo debut at American Songbook on Saturday night at 8:30pm. The show is SOLD OUT, and has been for weeks, and he has been in what he calls 'training' for the last few months. His musical director is Joseph Joubert (Motown, The Color Purple, Violet, Leap of Faith) and the evening is directed by Richard Jay-Alexander., for whom Norm did 'Javert' along with Hugh Panaro as 'Valjean' in last summer's blockbuster success of LES MISERABLES at The Muny in St. Louis.


DuBose Heyward Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has DuBose Heyward written?
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).