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Porgy and Bess   

Majestic Theatre, (1/22/1942 - 9/26/1942)
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Opening Date: Jan 22, 1942    
Closing Date: Sep 26, 1942 Total Performances: 286

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
Theatre Operated by the Magoro Operating Corporation
Produced by Cheryl Crawford; Associate Producer: John J. Wildberg
Music by George Gershwin; Libretto by DuBose Heyward; Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin; Founded on the play "Porgy" by DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward
Directed by Robert Ross
Scenic Design by Herbert Andrews; Costume Design by Paul Du Pont
General Manager: Charles Stewart; Company Manager: Clarence Jacobson
Stage Manager: Al West; Assistant Stage Mgr: Paul Du Pont and Robert Williams
Conducted by Alexander Smallens; Choral Director: Eva Jessye; Orchestra Personnel Manager: Charles Kunen
Press Representative: Jean Dalrymple
Catherine AyersAnnie
William BowersNelson
Anne BrownBess
Jack CarrJim
Osbert CheversChild
Warren ColemanCrown
Henry DavisRobbins
Helen DowdyLily
Strawberry Woman
Paul Du Pont2nd Policeman
Todd DuncanPorgy
Robert EctonPeter
The Honey Man
Ruby ElzySerena
John GarthUndertaker
Georgette HarveyMaria
Harriet JacksonClara
Jacqueline JenningsChild
The Eva Jessye Choir (Eva Jessye, Choral Conductor)Ensemble
J. Rosamond JohnsonFrazier
Naida KingChild
Rosalie KingChild
Avon LongSportin' Life
Edward MatthewsJake
Harvey McGillChild
Gibbs PenroseDetective
William Richardson1st Policeman
Robert TuckerChild
Jimmy WatersMingo
The Undertaker
Al WestCoroner
Granville WilliamsChild
Lorraine WilliamsChild
William WoolfolkCrab Man
music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
ACT 1 Sung By
A Woman Is a Sometime ThingJim, Jake, Sportin' Life and Ensemble
They Pass By SingingPorgy
Crap Game FuguePorgy, Sportin' Life, Crown and Men
Gone, Gone, GoneEnsemble
My Man's Gone NowSerena and Ensemble
Leavin' fo' de Promis' LanBess and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
It Takes a Long PullJim, Jake and Ensemble
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'Porgy
Woman to LadyPorgy, Bess, Frazier and Ensemble
Bess, You Is My Woman NowPorgy and Bess
Oh I Can't Sit DownEnsemble
It Ain't Necessarily SoSportin' Life and Ensemble
What You Want With Bess?Crown and Bess
Time and Time AgainSerena and Ensemble
Street CriesStrawberry Woman and Crab Man
I Loves You, PorgyPorgy and Bess
Oh de Lawd Shake de HeavenEnsemble
A Red Headed WomanCrown and Ensemble
Oh, Doctor JesusPrincipals and Ensemble
ACT 3 Sung By
Clara, Don't You Be DownheartedEnsemble
There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New YorkSportin' Life and Bess
Where's My Bess?Porgy
I'm On My WayPorgy and Ensemble