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THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS is the classic American tale is set in the 1930s in Catfish Row, a neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina. Bess, beautiful and troubled, turns to Porgy, the crippled beggar, in search of safety after her possessive lover Crown commits murder. As Porgy and Bess's love grows, their future is threatened by Crown and the conniving Sporting Life. This heartbreaking love story boasts some of the most famous and beloved works from the Great American Songbook, including: "Summertime," "Bess, You Is My Woman," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Loves You, Porgy."

Richard Rodgers Theatre (Broadway)


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226 W. 46th St.

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Theater review: "Porgy and Bess" - Bergen Record
In working out their approach to the celebrated folk opera, during rehearsals and an out-of-town tryout, director Diane Paulus and adaptors Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre L. Murray pretty much circled back to the original 1935 show created by George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward. Aside from turning some sung sections into spoken dialogue, adding small details about the characters and incorporating a few new staging ideas, this is a traditional rendering of the lives of the poor black inhabitants of Catfish Row in Charleston, S.C.

Theater Review: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and the Weight of History - NY Magazine
But that's exactly what makes this Porgy so powerful: It's a show about leaving Catfish Row, about making the great leap from the smothering bosom of the old South into the dark void of the twentieth century. When Porgy took his first shuddering steps into that abyss, I felt a tide behind me: An audience absolutely rapt, ravished by two hours of one of the greatest scores ever written for the American theater, wanting nothing more than to follow that crooked figure into the black. Goat or no goat, that's tragedy at its most triumphant.


 

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by BWW Special Coverage - September 23, 2012
The 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS will conclude its limited engagement at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street) today, September 23, 2012. The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS began previews on Saturday, December 17, 2012, and officially opened on January 12, 2012. Upon closing, it will have played 322 performances. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you on a multimedia journey through the life of the longest-running production of Porgy and Bess to ever play on Broadway.
by Kelsey Denette - September 11, 2012
The 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS becomes the longest-running production of Porgy and Bess to ever play on Broadway with its 306th performance today, September 11, 2012, breaking the record formerly held by the 1953 revival at the Ziegfeld Theatre. The show will conclude its limited engagement at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street) on Sunday, September 23, 2012.
by BWW News Desk - August 28, 2012
Producers of the 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS welcome Tony Award winner Audra McDonald's return to an eight-performance schedule beginning tonight, August 28th. She had previously been on a schedule of seven performances per week, not performing the Wednesday evening shows.
by Nicole Rosky - August 23, 2012
Producers of the 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS announced today that five-time Tony Award winner AUDRA McDONALD will return to an eight-performance schedule beginning Tuesday, August 28th. She had previously been on a schedule of seven performances per week, not performing the Wednesday evening shows.
by BWW News Desk - August 17, 2012
According to the Huffington Post, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess' Norm Lewis will appear in a recurring role in SCANDAL season two on ABC. Lewis will first appear in the season's third episode.
by BWW News Desk - August 9, 2012
According to Indiewire, Spike Lee wants to make a film adaptation of the George Gershwin musical Porgy and Bess and has confirmed that negotiations are 'still in the works.' The Tony Award-winning revival starring Norm Lewis, Audra McDonald and David Alan Grier is currently playing on Broadway.
by Robert Diamond - July 18, 2012
Producers of the 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS, have announced that the show will conclude its limited engagement at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Sunday, September 23, 2012. The show, which had been twice extended, was originally scheduled to end a week later. The new date has been set to make room for the next engagement at the Rodgers, beginning October 4, 2012.
by BWW News Desk - July 16, 2012
Tony Award winner and star of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on Broadway Audra McDonald teams up with The Chew to prepare some state fair classics tomorrow, July 17 at 1 p.m. ET on ABC. Michael Symon and Daphne Oz will also visit the Orange County State Fair.
by Nicole Rosky - July 16, 2012
On Thursday, July 19, 2012, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg kicks off the 38th anniversary of HARLEM WEEK with an official Gala Reception at Gracie Mansion. The afternoon affair will include an excerpt performance by the 2012 Tony award winning cast of Porgy & Bess. In addition to the performance, HARLEM WEEK will honor Carib News on its 30th Anniversary; Sylvia Woods in honor of Sylvia's Restaurants 50th Anniversary; and Jackie Rowe Adams in honor of her tireless community activism and commitment to antiviolence.
by BWW - July 13, 2012
Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As With Your Favorite Broadway Stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on! In this next edition, we caught up with Joshua, who is starring as 'Jake' in THE GERSHWINS' PORGY & BESS- currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre!
by BroadwayWorld TV - July 12, 2012
The best of Broadway will be presented FREE on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with "106.7 Lite FM's Broadway in Bryant Park 2012" - a lunchtime series beginning July 12 at 12:30 p.m. on the Bryant Park Stage. Sponsored by Resorts World Casino New York City and hosted by Lite FM's on-air personalities, the twelfth annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances will run through August 16. Click below to check out the performances from the cast of Porgy and Bess, which included 'Summertime,' 'A Woman Is A Sometime Thing,' and 'I Got Plenty o' Nuttin.'
by Jessica Lewis - July 3, 2012
As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, Audra McDonald, the five-time Tony winning star of PORGY & BESS, will indeed be returning to the show today following a 2-week doctor-mandated hiatus.
by BWW News Desk - July 2, 2012
UPSTAIRS LANDING PRODUCTIONS launches the interview web series, "Standing By" on July 3rd, 2012 with special guests Sumayya Ali and David Hughey of the Tony winning best revival of "The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess".
by BWW - June 29, 2012
Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As With Your Favorite Broadway Stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on! In this next edition, we caught up with Nikki Renee Daniels, who is starring as 'Clara' in THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS- currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre!
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - June 21, 2012
Today, June 21, Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis was the guest of honor at a private luncheon benefitting The Actor's Fund. Producer Randie Levine-Miller is launching a new celebrity luncheon series to benefit the Fund and their efforts to support talent. BroadwayWorld was thrilled to be on hand for the event and brings you photo coverage below.
by Jessica Lewis - June 20, 2012
Producers of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS, the 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Musical, announced today that Audra McDonald has been ordered on a period of complete vocal rest by her doctor through the end of the month. As a result of performing with a respiratory infection last week, her vocal cords have become inflamed to a point where she cannot sing. She is scheduled to return to the production on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess have their been?
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has had 21 productions including Broadway which opened in 1935, Broadway which opened in 1935, Broadway which opened in 1942, Broadway which opened in 1942, Broadway which opened in 1943, Broadway which opened in 1943, Broadway which opened in 1944, Broadway which opened in 1944, West End which opened in 1952, Broadway which opened in 1953, Broadway which opened in 1953, Off-Broadway which opened in 1961, Off-Broadway which opened in 1964, Broadway which opened in 1976, Broadway which opened in 1976, Broadway which opened in 1983, Broadway which opened in 1983, Broadway which opened in 2000, West End which opened in 2006, Broadway which opened in 2012 and US Tour which opened in 2013.

What Tony Awards has The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess been nominated for?
Best Costume Design of a Musical for ESosa, Best Direction of a Musical for Diane Paulus, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Christopher Akerlind, Best Orchestrations for William David Brohn, Best Orchestrations for Christopher Jahnke, Best Revival of a Musical for The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Best Revival of a Musical for American Repertory Theater, Best Revival of a Musical for Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman, Best Revival of a Musical for Terry Schnuck, Best Revival of a Musical for Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Best Revival of a Musical for Joseph & Matthew Deitch, Best Revival of a Musical for Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Lucio Simons TBC, Best Revival of a Musical for Howard Kagan, Best Revival of a Musical for Rebecca Gold, Best Revival of a Musical for Jerry Frankel, Best Revival of a Musical for Jeffrey Richards, Best Revival of a Musical for American Repertory Theater, Best Revival of a Musical for Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Best Revival of a Musical for Ken Mahoney, Best Revival of a Musical for Judith Resnick, Best Revival of a Musical for Tulchin/Bartner/ATG, Best Revival of a Musical for Paper Boy Productions, Best Revival of a Musical for Christopher Hart, Best Revival of a Musical for Alden Badway, Best Revival of a Musical for Broadway Across America, Best Revival of a Musical for Irene Gandy, Best Revival of a Musical for Will Trice, Best Revival of a Musical for The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Best Revival of a Musical for Irene Gandy, Best Revival of a Musical for Jeffrey Richards, Best Revival of a Musical for Jerry Frankel, Best Revival of a Musical for Rebecca Gold, Best Revival of a Musical for Howard Kagan, Best Revival of a Musical for Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Lucio Simons TBC, Best Revival of a Musical for Joseph & Matthew Deitch, Best Revival of a Musical for Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Best Revival of a Musical for Terry Schnuck, Best Revival of a Musical for Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman, Best Revival of a Musical for The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Best Revival of a Musical for Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Best Revival of a Musical for Ken Mahoney, Best Revival of a Musical for Judith Resnick, Best Revival of a Musical for Tulchin/Bartner/ATG, Best Revival of a Musical for Paper Boy Productions, Best Revival of a Musical for Christopher Hart, Best Revival of a Musical for Alden Badway, Best Revival of a Musical for Broadway Across America, Best Revival of a Musical for Will TriceBest Revival of a Musical for Jeffrey Richards and Best Sound Design of a Musical for Acme Sound Partners.

What Tony Awards has The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess won?
Best Costume Design of a Musical for ESosa, Best Direction of a Musical for Diane Paulus, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Christopher Akerlind, Best Orchestrations for William David Brohn, Best Orchestrations for Christopher Jahnke, Best Revival of a Musical for The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Best Revival of a Musical for American Repertory Theater, Best Revival of a Musical for Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman, Best Revival of a Musical for Terry Schnuck, Best Revival of a Musical for Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Best Revival of a Musical for Joseph & Matthew Deitch, Best Revival of a Musical for Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Lucio Simons TBC, Best Revival of a Musical for Howard Kagan, Best Revival of a Musical for Rebecca Gold, Best Revival of a Musical for Jerry Frankel, Best Revival of a Musical for Jeffrey Richards, Best Revival of a Musical for American Repertory Theater, Best Revival of a Musical for Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Best Revival of a Musical for Ken Mahoney, Best Revival of a Musical for Judith Resnick, Best Revival of a Musical for Tulchin/Bartner/ATG, Best Revival of a Musical for Paper Boy Productions, Best Revival of a Musical for Christopher Hart, Best Revival of a Musical for Alden Badway, Best Revival of a Musical for Broadway Across America, Best Revival of a Musical for Irene Gandy, Best Revival of a Musical for Will Trice, Best Revival of a Musical for The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Best Revival of a Musical for Irene Gandy, Best Revival of a Musical for Jeffrey Richards, Best Revival of a Musical for Jerry Frankel, Best Revival of a Musical for Rebecca Gold, Best Revival of a Musical for Howard Kagan, Best Revival of a Musical for Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Lucio Simons TBC, Best Revival of a Musical for Joseph & Matthew Deitch, Best Revival of a Musical for Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Best Revival of a Musical for Terry Schnuck, Best Revival of a Musical for Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman, Best Revival of a Musical for The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Best Revival of a Musical for Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Best Revival of a Musical for Ken Mahoney Best Revival of a Musical for Judith Resnick and Best Revival of a Musical for Tulchin/Bartner/ATG Best Revival of a Musical for Paper Boy Productions Best Revival of a Musical for Christopher Hart Best Revival of a Musical for Alden Badway Best Revival of a Musical for Broadway Across America Best Revival of a Musical for Will Trice Best Revival of a Musical for Jeffrey Richards Best Sound Design of a Musical for Acme Sound Partners.

What other awards has The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess been nominated for?
Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards), Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Acme Sound Partners, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Audra McDonald, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Norm Lewis, Distinguished Revival of a Musical (Drama League Awards)Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) and Outstanding Debut Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Phillip Boykin.

What other awards has The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess won?
Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Acme Sound Partners and Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Audra McDonald Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Norm Lewis Distinguished Revival of a Musical (Drama League Awards) Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) Outstanding Debut Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Phillip Boykin.

What productions of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess have their been?
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has had 21 productions including Broadway which opened in 1935, Broadway which opened in 1935, Broadway which opened in 1942, Broadway which opened in 1942, Broadway which opened in 1943, Broadway which opened in 1943, Broadway which opened in 1944, Broadway which opened in 1944, West End which opened in 1952, Broadway which opened in 1953, Broadway which opened in 1953, Off-Broadway which opened in 1961, Off-Broadway which opened in 1964, Broadway which opened in 1976, Broadway which opened in 1976, Broadway which opened in 1983, Broadway which opened in 1983, Broadway which opened in 2000, West End which opened in 2006, Broadway which opened in 2012 and US Tour which opened in 2013.

What awards has The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess been nominated for?
Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards), Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Acme Sound Partners, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Audra McDonald, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Norm Lewis, Distinguished Revival of a Musical (Drama League Awards)Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) and Outstanding Debut Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Phillip Boykin.

What awards has The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess won?
Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Acme Sound Partners and Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Audra McDonald Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Norm Lewis Distinguished Revival of a Musical (Drama League Awards) Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) Outstanding Debut Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Phillip Boykin.

What is the order of songs in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and what's the order?
Hear dat? Gawd's laughin' at you!...
Dem dat is in such a hurry to meet de judgement...
Yes boss, we swear to that...
Was Crown killed here, yes or no?...
I got to an' look, look at Crown's face...
Here, boy, look what I brought for you...
Why, hello, if dere ain't Serena...
Bess is gone. An' Serena take dis chile...
You better stay wid yo' frien', Porgy...
Lonely Boy
Summer Time
Seems like these bones don't give me nothin' but box-cars tonight...
A man's got a right to play...
A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
Here come de honey man...
Hello, Peter...
They Pass by Singing
Crap Game Fugue
That damn whiskey jus' as weak as water...
Box-cars again...
Yo' mammy's gone and yo' daddy's happy...
Give me a pinch of happy dust, Sportin' Life...
Huh, seven!...
Oh, little stars...
Oh, stop them! Don' let them fight!...
Can't anybody make Crown stop?...
Jesus, he's killed him...
Gone, Gone, Gone!
Overflow
Um! A saucer burying set-up, I see...
You're a damn liar...
My Man's Gone Now
How de saucer stan' now my sister...
Leavin' fo' de Promis' Lan'
It Takes a Long Pull to Get There
Mus' be you mens forgot about de picnic...
I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'
Woman to Lady
Dey's a Bukra comin'...
'Lo Bess, goin' to picnic?...
Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Oh, I Can't Sit Down
What's de matter wid you, sister?...
It Ain't Necessarily So
Dance [i]
Here there! Hold yo' holt. I'se a comin'...
Crown, I got something to tell you...
What You Want With Bess?
Lemme go, hear dat boat, it's goin' without me!...
Honey, dat's all de breakfast I got time for...
Well, if it ain't ole Peter!...
Time and Time Again
Strawberry Woman
Crab Man
Now de time, oh Gawd. Now de time...
I Loves You, Porgy
Why you been out on that wharf so long, Clara?...
Oh, de Lawd Shake de Heaven
Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do'...
You is a nice parcel of Christians...
Here, cut dat out! Stop it!...
Ha ha ha ha ha ha, dat's right, drown 'em out...
A Red Headed Woman
Jake's boat in de river upside down...
Oh, Doctor Jesus [ii]
Clara, Don't You Be Downhearted
You low-lived skunk, ain' you got no shame...
Wait for us at the corner, Al...
We swear to dat, Boss...
Of course, you're the goat man...
I can't look at Crown's face...
Oh Gawd! They goin' make him look on Crown's face...
There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York
Occupational Humoresque
Good mornin', sistuh! Good mornin', brudder!...
Sure to go to Heaven...
How are you dis mornin'?...
It's Porgy comin' home...
Jus' you wait till dat gal see me...
Here, hol' on, let me see dat chile...
Where's My Bess?
Where Bess gone?...
Where you goin', Porgy?...
I'm on My Way
Jasbo Brown
Roll dem bones...
If you hadn't been drinkin' you wouldn't talk to me that way...
He got better sense than to listen to that nonsense...
He sure loves his liquor...
That gal ain't need to worry 'bout no man marryin' her...
I shoots like that...
Frien' an' dice an' happy dust ain' meant to 'sociate
Nobody's gettin' away wid Crown's money...
That's easy, I thought as much...
Listen there, what I tells you...
I hates yo' struttin' style...
Good mornin' Mister Archdale...
Look out, dat's a buzzard!
Buzzard Song
I Ain't Got No Shame
Dance [ii]
Shame on all you sinners...
I can't stay, Crown, or de boat'll go without me...
Take yo' hands off me, I say...
Honey Man
You ain't got nuttin' to be afraid of...
Hurricane bell! Lawd chile, dere ain't goin' be no hurricane...
Oh, Hev'nly Father
Oh, de sun goin' rise in de wes'...

What productions of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess have there been?
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has had 21 productions including Broadway which opened in 1935, Broadway which opened in 1935, Broadway which opened in 1942, Broadway which opened in 1942, Broadway which opened in 1943, Broadway which opened in 1943, Broadway which opened in 1944, Broadway which opened in 1944, West End which opened in 1952, Broadway which opened in 1953, Broadway which opened in 1953, Off-Broadway which opened in 1961, Off-Broadway which opened in 1964, Broadway which opened in 1976, Broadway which opened in 1976, Broadway which opened in 1983, Broadway which opened in 1983, Broadway which opened in 2000, West End which opened in 2006, Broadway which opened in 2012 and US Tour which opened in 2013.