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Porgy and Bess   

Ziegfeld Theatre, (3/10/1953 - 11/28/1953)
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Opening Date: Mar 10, 1953    
Closing Date: Nov 28, 1953 Total Performances: 305

Category: Musical, Opera, Revival, Broadway
Description: An American folk opera in three acts
Setting: Charleston, South Carolina. The early 1930s. Catfish Row and Kittiwah Island.


Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by Billy Rose
Produced by Blevins Davis and Robert Breen
Libretto by DuBose Heyward; Music by George Gershwin; Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward; Based on the play "Porgy" by DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward; Musical Director: Alexander Smallens; Assistant Musical Dir.: Samuel Matlovsky; Choral Director: Eva Jessye
Directed by Robert Breen
Scenic Design by Wolfgang Roth; Costume Design by Jed Mace
General Manager: Ben Boyar
Stage Manager: George Quick
National Press Representative: Bill Doll; Associate Press Representative: Robert Ullman; Promotions: Seymour Krawitz; West Coast Representative: Bill Watters
Cast
Joseph Attles
Ensemble
Catherine Ayers
Annie
Irving Barnes
Porgy
Alternate
Ensemble
Jacqueline Barnes
Child
Lawson Bates
Ensemble
James Hawthorne Bey
Ensemble
Rhoda Boggs
Ensemble
Walter P. Brown
Ensemble
Georgia Burke
Maria
Miriam Burton
Ensemble
Sibol Cain
Ensemble
Cab Calloway
Sportin' Life
Elsie Clark
Ensemble
Helen Colbert
Clara
Charles Colman
Ensemble
Clarice Crawford
Ensemble
Joseph Crawford
Peter
The Honey Man
Willis Daily
Policeman
Hugh Dilworth
Joe
Helen Dowdy
Lily
Helen Ferguson
Ensemble
Elizabeth Foster
Ruby
Doris Galiber
Ensemble
John Garth
Ensemble
Ruby Greene
Ensemble
Kenneth Hibbert
Ensemble
George A. Hill
Ensemble
LeVern Hutcherson
Porgy
Alternate
Joseph James
Jake
Jebob
Porgy's Goat
Sam Kasakoff
Policeman
Coroner
Moses La Marr
Frazier
Jerry Laws
Mingo
The Undertaker
Urylee Leonardos
Bess
Alternate
John McCurry
Crown
Joy McLean
Ensemble
Pauline Phelps
Ensemble
Leontyne Price
Bess
Alternate
Edna Ricks
Ensemble
Walter Riemer
Detective
Howard Roberts
Robbins
Anabelle Ross
Ensemble
George Royston Jr.
Child
George A. Royston
Ensemble
Leslie Scott
Porgy
Alternate
Sherman Sneed
Jim
Delores Swan
Ensemble
Helen Thigpen
Serena
Clyde Turner
Ensemble
Eloise C. Uggams
Ensemble
William Veasey
Undertaker
Barbara Ann Webb
Ensemble
Ray Yeates
Crab Man
Understudies: Joseph Attles (Crab Man, Sportin' Life), Irving Barnes (Porgy), James Hawthorne Bey (Mingo), Rhoda Boggs (Lily), Walter P. Brown (Crown), Miriam Burton (Serena), Helen Colbert (Bess), Charles Colman (Jake), Willis Daily (Detective), Helen Dowdy (Maria), Helen Ferguson (Annie), Elizabeth Foster (Bess), Kenneth Hibbert (Sportin' Life, Undertaker), George A. Royston (Peter), Delores Swan (Clara) and Barbara Ann Webb (Serena)
Tony Award®
1956 Stage Technician [nominee]
Lawrence Bland
music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
ACT 1 Sung By
Summertime Clara
A Woman Is a Sometime Thing Jim, Jake, Sportin' Life and Ensemble
They Pass By Singing Porgy
Crap Game Fugue Porgy
Gone, Gone, Gone Ensemble
Overflow Ensemble
My Man's Gone Now Serena and Ensemble
Leavin' fo' de Promis' Lan Bess and Ensemble
It Takes a Long Pull Jim, Jake and Ensemble
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' Porgy
Woman to Lady Porgy, Bess, Frazier and Ensemble
Bess, You Is My Woman Now Porgy and Bess
Oh I Can't Sit Down Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
I Ain't Got No Shame Sportin' Life and Ensemble
It Ain't Necessarily So Sportin' Life and Ensemble
What You Want With Bess? Crown and Bess
Time and Time Again Serena and Ensemble
Street Cries Strawberry Woman and Crab Man
I Loves You, Porgy Porgy and Bess
Oh de Lawd Shake de Heaven Ensemble
A Red Headed Woman Crown and Ensemble
Clara, Don't You Be Downhearted Ensemble
There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York Sportin' Life and Bess
Buzzard Porgy
Where's My Bess? Porgy
I'm On My Way Porgy and Ensemble