The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Opened: November 12, 2013
Closing: July 20, 2014

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - 2013 - US Tour History , Info & More

The classic story by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorthy Heyward and Ira Gershwin 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.

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - 2013 - US Tour Cast

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Theater Resources Unlimited to Present 'Women Producers Take The Stage (The Conversation Continues)' by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 16, 2023

Theater Resources Unlimited will present a TRU Town Hall: Women Producers Take the Stage (The Conversation Continues), on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 in-person at Polaris North Theatre.

Des Moines Metro Opera Presents PORGY AND BESS Next Month in Honor of Simon Estes' Farewell by Stephi Wild - Jun 28, 2022

This July, Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) will present the Iowa premiere of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess in honor of international opera star and Iowa native Simon Estes upon the announcement of his operatic farewell.

Shubert New Haven Announces Norm Lewis as Featured Performer for 2022 Gala by Marissa Tomeo - May 28, 2022

Shubert New Haven announces that Broadway’s NORM LEWIS will be the featured performer for the Shubert Theatre’s 2022 Gala on June 8. Chita Rivera – who was originally scheduled to headline the Gala – has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to perform. Tickets for the Gala are available through the Shubert’s Development Department at 203-773-4339. Concert only tickets are available online at, and at the Shubert Box Office by phone at 203.562.5666 or visiting Monday–Friday Noon–6:00pm.

PORGY AND BESS, DON GIOVANNI & More Announced for North Carolina Opera 2022/2023 Season by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 26, 2022

The Triangle's premiere opera company has announced its upcoming 2022/2023 season. North Carolina Opera will open the season with a concert performance of Puccini's MANON LESCAUT on October 2 in Meymandi Concert Hall.

The Philly POPS Presents 'S WONDERFUL! 'S GERSHWIN! by A.A. Cristi - Apr 11, 2022

Fan-favorite guest conductor Byron Stripling returns to the POPS with a 's marvelous star-studded array of guest vocalists and musicians, celebrating beloved American music legend George Gershwin in 'S Wonderful 'S Gershwin, May 13–15 at the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

Amy Spanger to Present COME TO YOUR SENSES at Feinstein's/54 Below by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 25, 2022

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present Amy Spanger in COME TO YOUR SENSES on March 4th at 7 pm.  For one night only, Broadway powerhouse, Amy Spanger, will sing songs from her celebrated career and tell stories LIVE AND IN PERSON at 54 Below! 

Cincinnati Opera Announces Cast, Production, And Schedule Updates For 2022 Summer Festival by A.A. Cristi - Feb 10, 2022

Cincinnati Opera today shared updated cast, production, and schedule details for its 2022 Summer Festival, which will take place June 18 through July 31, 2022. After two seasons away, the company returns this summer to its longtime performance venues, Cincinnati Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA).

Audra Mcdonald To Play The Mccoy Center In February by Stephi Wild - Jan 27, 2022

Audra McDonald has been awarded a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy, receiving a National Medal of Arts and named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2015. A Juilliard-trained soprano, McDonald maintains a major career as a Grammy-winning recording and concert artist.

VIDEO: Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald Sing 'Bess, You Is My Woman Now' in A.R.T. Archival Clip by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 14, 2022

American Repertory Theater has released an archival video clip of the song “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” from its 2011 production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess.

Audra McDonald Takes The Van Wezel Stage In February by Stephi Wild - Jan 10, 2022

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and actor. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2015. She received a 2015 National Medal of Arts—America's highest honor for achievement in the arts—from President Barack Obama.

Audra McDonald Will Perform Live At The London Palladium in September 2022 by Stephi Wild - Dec 10, 2021

Emmy, Grammy and six-time Tony Award winning Broadway sensation AUDRA MCDONALD will be performing live at the London Palladium with the forty-piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra on Sunday 25 September 2022 at 7.00pm. Alongside Andy Einhorn and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, Audra will take you through the Great American Songbook and Broadway's greatest hits.

Audra McDonald to Headline Turtle Creek Chorale's Benefit Gala RHAPSODY by Gigi Gervais - Dec 3, 2021

Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will headline RHAPSODY – Turtle Creek Chorale’s Benefit Gala – at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas on Saturday, March 5, 2022. The evening will feature opening receptions, seated dinner, open bar, live auction, a private performance by Ms. McDonald, and an after-party experience with the IDT Band and dessert. 

Amy Spanger, Betsy Wolfe and More Next Week at The Green Room 42 by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 24, 2021

The Green Room 42 has announced their line-up through next weekend. Located inside YOTEL Times Square (570 Tenth Avenue, Fourth Floor), The Green Room 42 is Broadway's newest, most spacious, and funkiest cabaret club.

Metropolitan Opera to Present Company Premiere of Matthew Aucoin's EURYDICE by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2021

On November 23, the Metropolitan Opera will present the company premiere of Eurydice, a new Met-commissioned opera by Matthew Aucoin—at 31, the youngest composer to have a Met premiere since 1938.

Full Cast Announced For Industry Presentation Of BIRDIE & TIM by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2021

Two Industry Presentations of Kevin Ray Johnson's Romantic Holiday Comedy Birdie and Tim are scheduled for Sunday, December 5th at 7:30 & 9:15 pm in New York City.

KISS ME, KATE Will Be Performed at the Marriott Theatre This Month by Stephi Wild - Nov 5, 2021

The first ever Tony Award winner for Best Musical, based on the book by Sam and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, is to be directed by Johanna McKenzie Miller. In a twist of fate, Miller will make her mainstage directorial debut at the Marriott Theatre roughly 20 years after making her acting debut under the very same spotlight. Musical direction for this production is led by Jeff Award winner Ryan T. Nelson with choreography by Jeff Award nominee Alex Sanchez.  

The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS Will Return to The Met by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 28, 2021

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will return to the Met for 13 performances, October 31–December 12, 2021. The classic American opera features many artists from the triumphant 2019–20 production’s Grammy Award-winning cast. Eric Owens and Angel Blue star as the title couple, with conductor David Robertson on the podium.

13 Broadway Shows For History Fiends - HAMILTON, SIX, NEWSIES, OKLAHOMA!, and More! by Stephi Wild - Nov 7, 2021

Historical themes have always been incorporated into stage shows, from classic Broadway musicals to contemporary productions. Contrary to what some may believe, not all historical-themed productions are old Broadway musicals. Several historical musicals have gone on to become classics, though this is not specifically a golden age musicals list.

Rebecca L. Hargrove and Peterson Townsend Will Lead Industry Presentation of BIRDIE AND TIM by Stephi Wild - Oct 27, 2021

*Rebecca L. Hargrove, who recently appeared in Academy Award Nominee Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in my Bones and in The Grammy Award Winning production (& will be performing in the upcoming 2021 revival) of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess at The Metropolitan Opera and *Peterson Townsend who starred as Jeffery in the world premiere of America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro at The Barrington Stage Company will play the title roles of Birdie and Tim, respectively, in the upcoming industry presentations of Birdie & Tim - a new play by Kevin Ray Johnson.

VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy & More Sing the Opening Number From PARADISE SQUARE by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2021

Experience the opening number for Paradise Square, A New Musical. Featuring Tony Award nominee Joaquina Kalukango (Slave Play), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Nathaniel Stampley (The Color Purple), Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys), Kevin Dennis (Assassins) and the ensemble, the show’s exuberant and emotional opening number can be viewed below!

The Metropolitan Opera's LIVE IN HD Series Will Return to Cinemas With Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV & More by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 28, 2021

Fathom Events is partnering with the Metropolitan Opera to bring The Met: Live in HD, the Met's award-winning series of high-definition live cinema transmissions, to movie theaters nationwide for its 15th season.

Listen to 'Breathe Easy' From PARADISE SQUARE by Michael Major - Sep 17, 2021

Paradise Square begins previews February 22, 2022 at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre. Prior to Broadway, the production will play a five-week limited engagement from November 2-December 5, 2021 at Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre.

Tickets Now On Sale for PARADISE SQUARE on Broadway by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 17, 2021

Single tickets are now on sale for the new Broadway musical, Paradise Square. The first new musical announced for Broadway since the industry-wide shut down, Paradise Square begins previews February 22, 2022 at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street), where it opens March 20, 2022.

The Marriott Theatre Re-Opens With THE WORLD GOES ROUND by Stephi Wild - Sep 15, 2021

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr. in Lincolnshire, presents THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, the delightful musical revue featuring the works of John Kander and Fred Ebb, considered one of the most prolific and acclaimed Broadway musical creative teams of all time.

Marriott Theatre Presents AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Featuring Broadway Veterans by Stephi Wild - Sep 10, 2021

Audiences are taken on a journey through Kander and Ebb's virtual hit parade of songs including showstoppers “Cabaret,” “New York, New York,” “All That Jazz,” and “Maybe This Time.” The revue also covers numbers from Chicago, Funny Lady, Kiss of The Spider Woman, Woman of The Year and more.  

Casting Announced For Suzan-Lori Parks' WHITE NOISE at the Bridge Theatre by Stephi Wild - Sep 1, 2021

Suzan-Lori Parks' White Noise will receive its European premiere at the Bridge Theatre, directed by Polly Findlay with a cast comprising James Corrigan, Ken Nwosu, Faith Omole and Helena Wilson.

Zurin Villanueva Will Bring LITTLE LOVE NOTE to Feinstein's/54 Below Next Month by Stephi Wild - Aug 21, 2021

The evening will also feature Dayna Dantzler (Waitress, The Book of Mormon) and Trevon Davis (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess).

Tickets Are Now On Sale For The Ensemble Company's CLYBOURNE PARK by Stephi Wild - Jun 27, 2021

Tickets are now on sale for The Ensemble Company's production of Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris's acclaimed play which won the Tony Award for Best Play as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Ensemble Company's production will be directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Howard (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), who previously directed Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike for the company.

CLYBOURNE PARK Replaces GEM OF THE OCEAN this August at The Ensemble Company by Stephi Wild - Jun 21, 2021

First performed Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Clybourne Park had prominent productions in London as well as prominent regional theatres across the United States before its 2012 bow at the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway.  It was nominated for several Tony Awards, winning for Best Play.

Joaquina Kalukango Will Star in PARADISE SQUARE Opening on Broadway March 20 by Stephi Wild - Jun 7, 2021

Casting and performance dates have been announced for the Broadway run of Paradise Square, which will open on Broadway on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at the Shubert Organization's Barrymore Theatre.

Virtual Theatre Today: Friday, June 4- Alex Newell, Next on Stage, and More! by Nicole Rosky - Jun 4, 2021

Today (June 4) in live streaming: a Kate & Allie reunion on Stars in the House, Alex Newell visits Backstage Live, and more!

The Met Announces North American Premiere of YANNICK: AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 28, 2021

The Metropolitan Opera announced today the premiere of Yannick: An Artist’s Journey, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, about the inspiring path of Yannick Nézet-Séguin to becoming the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director.

The Met Announces TURANDOT, SAMSON ET DALILA & More for Nightly Met Opera Streams by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2021

The Met has announced themed lineups for two weeks of its Nightly Met Opera Streams, the company’s ongoing series of encore Live in HD presentations and classic telecasts streamed on its website during the Covid-19 closure.

Beth Leavel, Joshua Dela Cruz, Ali Ewoldt, and More To Join Act II Of 20 & UNDER SING 20 & OVER: A Virtual Celebration Of Broadway by Stephi Wild - May 11, 2021

Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel, Joshua Dela Cruz, and Ali Ewoldt, will be featured in 20 & UNDER SING 20 & OVER: ACT II, a virtual benefit concert celebrating Broadway musicals, written at least 20 years ago, by having young rising stars (ages 20 and under) pair up with Broadway stars from the Broadway or touring company of each show they are singing from.

The World Premiere of BACH & SONS Will Be Performed at the Bridge Theatre Beginning in June by Stephi Wild - Apr 16, 2021

Simon Russell Beale will play JS Bach in the world premiere of Nina Raine's Bach & Sons, directed by Nicholas Hytner.  Performances at The Bridge are from 23 June – 9 September 2021 with opening night on 29 June 2021. 

Berkshire Theatre Group Announces 2021 Outdoor Summer Season Featuring Kelli O'Hara, Norm Lewis and More by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 2, 2021

Berkshire Theatre Group has announced immersive outdoor experiences for summer 2021, with a casting sneak-peek. BTG will be releasing a complete season cast announcement at a later date. Berkshire Theatre Group will work in adherence with government guidelines and corresponding health and safety officials.

Cincinnati Opera Announces Reimagined 2021 Summer Festival SUMMER AT SUMMIT by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 31, 2021

Cincinnati Opera will return to the outdoors for its reimagined 2021 Summer Festival, Summer at Summit. The season will take place July 11-31 at Summit Park, located in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio, and will feature internationally renowned artists, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Limited Tickets for RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE at COCA on Sale Now by A.A. Cristi - Mar 22, 2021

COCA has announced a limited number of in-person tickets for Ronald K.  Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company, April 16–18, 2021, in the new Catherine B. Berges Theatre. The performances also will be livestreamed for at-home viewing. In-person tickets are $25; Livestream tickets are  $20. 

A.R.T. Announces March and April Programming by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 18, 2021

A.R.T. has announced March and April Programming. Learn more about all events, purchase tickets, and register for free events including The Lunch Room, Civically Speaking, and more.

A.R.T. / Museum of the American Revolution Announce DEBORAH SAMPSON UNVEILED: A VIRTUAL CONVERSATION by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 9, 2021

American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and the Museum of the American Revolution announced today the co-presentation of the next event in A.R.T’s Civically Speaking series, Deborah Sampson Unveiled: A Virtual Conversation, to be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:30PM ET.

Antoine Hodge, Metropolitan Opera Performer Known For PORGY AND BESS, Dies Due to COVID-19 by Stephi Wild - Feb 25, 2021

Hodge's other past roles include Colline in La bohème, Beo/Amatio di Nicolao in Gianni Schicchi, the Master of Ceremonies in Cendrillon, Mr. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mr. Gobineau in The Medium, Yundt in Curs Bryant's The Anarchists, and more.

Mile Square Theatre Announces Community Resilience Program: Panel Discussion on Black History Month by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 19, 2021

Join MST in welcoming a panel of distinguished Black theatre artists as they discuss what Black History Month means to them, their hopes, fears, and dreams for our country in general and the performing arts in particular, and their vision for a way forward as we look to re-open theaters and perform again.

Baritone Will Liverman Releases DREAMS OF A NEW DAY: Songs by Black Composers on Cedille Records by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 12, 2021

Today, baritone Will Liverman has released Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers with pianist Paul Sánchez on Cedille Records. Liverman says, “Right now, it is more important than ever to celebrate the contributions of Black composers, and I’m honored to give voice to the art songs on this album.'

Chita Rivera, Andréa Burns, David Henry Hwang and More Feature in New Inclusive Education Series by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 12, 2021

Digital Theatre+ has brought together some of Broadway's leading talent for Musical Matters, a 5-episode conversation series exploring inclusivity and representation in musical theatre. Hosted by actor, writer, and advocate for inclusion Christine Toy Johnson, each episode of the series focuses on the lived experiences of the featured artists.

Adam Pascal to Appear on IT'S SHOWTIME WITH RIKKI LEE by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 4, 2021

Broadway icon Adam Pascal, a Tony-nominee for his role in Rent, will appear on Friday, January 8, 2021 on It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee, a popular weekly entertainment industry-themed radio show out of Chicago. Hosted by Rikki Lee Travolta, the radio program airs every Friday at 3 PM Central on 101.5 FM in the Chicagoland area.

Norm Lewis, Gypsy Snider and More Announced for A.R.T.'s THE LUNCH ROOM by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 21, 2020

American Repertory Theater has announced guests for upcoming episodes of The Lunch Room, the theater’s weekly virtual talk show with artists, activists, and civic leaders who are shaping our culture and communities. Members of the A.R.T. staff host these curated conversations and interactive Q&As.

Norm Lewis to Appear on Upcoming Episode of American Repertory Theater's THE LUNCH ROOM by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 11, 2020

American Repertory Theater announced today that Broadway star Norm Lewis (ExtraOrdinary special guest, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) will be the guest on the December 29 episode of The Lunch Room, the theater’s virtual talk show with artists, activists, and civic leaders. The live hour of curated conversation and interactive Q&A begins at 12PM.

PIPPIN Officially Opens in Sydney by Stephi Wild - Dec 8, 2020

Sydney-siders and critics have embraced the return to theatres with Sydney's unforgettable summer hit musical, the high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical PIPPIN receiving huge acclaim by critics and audiences alike. The first large scale musical theatre production to open in Australia since COVID-19 led to theatres closing down in March, PIPPIN plays exclusively at the Sydney Lyric at The Star for a limited season.

The Met Announces Four-Week Schedule for Nightly Met Opera Streams by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 1, 2020

The Met has announced themed lineups for four weeks of its Nightly Met Opera Streams, a free series of encore Live in HD presentations and classic telecasts streamed on the company's website during the coronavirus closure. The schedule includes a week of In Plain English, an Epic Proportions week, followed by a week of Holiday Fare, and more.

PIPPIN Opens at Sydney Lyric Theatre Tonight by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 24, 2020

Pippin is set to open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre Tonight, November 24! The live production, the first one back in Sydney, will run until January 31, 2021. With a beloved score by Tony Award nominee STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence.



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