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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.

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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
Joseph Attles Ensemble
Catherine Ayers Annie
Irving Barnes Porgy Alternate
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
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
Swing: Hugh Dilworth
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 1Sung 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 2Sung 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