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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 AttlesEnsemble
Catherine AyersAnnie
Irving BarnesPorgy
Jacqueline BarnesChild
Lawson BatesEnsemble
James Hawthorne BeyEnsemble
Rhoda BoggsEnsemble
Walter P. BrownEnsemble
Georgia BurkeMaria
Miriam BurtonEnsemble
Sibol CainEnsemble
Cab CallowaySportin' Life
Elsie ClarkEnsemble
Helen ColbertClara
Charles ColmanEnsemble
Clarice CrawfordEnsemble
Joseph CrawfordPeter
The Honey Man
Willis DailyPoliceman
Hugh DilworthJoe
Helen DowdyLily
Helen FergusonEnsemble
Elizabeth FosterRuby
Doris GaliberEnsemble
John GarthEnsemble
Ruby GreeneEnsemble
Kenneth HibbertEnsemble
George A. HillEnsemble
LeVern HutchersonPorgy
Joseph JamesJake
JebobPorgy's Goat
Sam KasakoffPoliceman
Moses La MarrFrazier
Jerry LawsMingo
The Undertaker
Urylee LeonardosBess
John McCurryCrown
Joy McLeanEnsemble
Pauline PhelpsEnsemble
Leontyne PriceBess
Edna RicksEnsemble
Walter RiemerDetective
Howard RobertsRobbins
Anabelle RossEnsemble
George Royston Jr.Child
George A. RoystonEnsemble
Leslie ScottPorgy
Sherman SneedJim
Delores SwanEnsemble
Helen ThigpenSerena
Clyde TurnerEnsemble
Eloise C. UggamsEnsemble
William VeaseyUndertaker
Barbara Ann WebbEnsemble
Ray YeatesCrab Man
Swings: 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 1 Sung By
A Woman Is a Sometime ThingJim, Jake, Sportin' Life and Ensemble
They Pass By SingingPorgy
Crap Game FuguePorgy
Gone, Gone, GoneEnsemble
My Man's Gone NowSerena and Ensemble
Leavin' fo' de Promis' LanBess and Ensemble
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
ACT 2 Sung By
I Ain't Got No ShameSportin' Life and Ensemble
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
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