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Porgy and Bess   

Alvin Theatre, (10/10/1935 - 1/25/1936)
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Opening Date: Oct 10, 1935    
Closing Date: Jan 25, 1936 Total Performances: 124

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

Production Staff
Produced by The Theatre Guild
Music by George Gershwin; Libretto by DuBose Heyward; Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin; Based on the play "Porgy" by DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward
Staged by Rouben Mamoulian
Scenic Design by Sergei Soudeikine
Conducted by Alexander Smallens
Anne Wiggins BrownBess
Todd DuncanPorgy
John W. BubblesSportin' Life
Ruby ElzySerena
Olive BallAnnie
Ford L. BuckMingo
The Undertaker
Alexander CampbellDetective
George CarletonCoroner
Jack CarrJim
Warren ColemanCrown
Henry DavisRobbins
Helen DowdyLily
Strawberry Woman
John GarthUndertaker
Georgette HarveyMaria
The Eva Jessye Choir (Eva Jessye, Choral Conductor)Ensemble
J. Rosamond JohnsonFrazier
George LesseyMr. Archdale
Edward MatthewsJake
Burton McEvillyPoliceman
Abbie MitchellClara
Gus SimonsPeter
The Honey Man
Harold WoolfPoliceman
Ray YeatesNelson
Crab 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
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