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Porgy and Bess   

Uris Theatre , (9/25/1976 - 12/05/1976)
Mark Hellinger Theatre , (12/07/1976 - 1/09/1977)
First Preview:Sep 20, 1976 Total Previews:7
Opening Date:Sep 25, 1976   
Closing Date:Jan 09, 1977 Total Performances:122

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 James M. Nederlander, Joseph Nederlander and Gerard Oestreicher
Produced by Sherwin M. Goldman and The Houston Grand Opera; Produced by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
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; Musical Director and Chorus Master: John DeMain
Directed by Jack O'Brien; Choreographed by Mabel Robinson; Assistant Director: Mabel Robinson and Helaine Head
Scenic Design by Robert Randolph; Costume Design by Nancy Potts; Lighting Design by Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.; Additional scenic elements for Kittiwah Island designed by John Rothgeb
General Manager: Robert A. Buckley; Company Manager: Bill Liberman
Production Stage Manager: Helaine Head; Stage Manager: Sally McCravey
Music Preparation: George Darden; Music Contractor: Mel Rodnon
Goat trained and handled by Dawn Animal Agency, Inc.; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner and Associates; Press Representative: Michael Alpert, Marilynn LeVine and Warren Knowlton
The Producers wish to express their gratitude for the assistance, advice and confidence of Milton Aborn, Ira Gershwin, Lenore Gershwin, Jennifer Heyward, Robert Kimball, Kay Swift and Mrs. Edgar Tobin
Donnie Ray Albert Porgy Alternate
Steven Alex-Cole Crab Man
John D. Anthony Ensemble
Shirley Baines Annie
Earl Baker Ensemble
Kenneth Barry Mr. Archdale
Phyllis Bash Strawberry Woman
Kenneth Bates Ensemble
Raymond Bazemore Frazier
Carol Brice Maria
Barbara Buck Ensemble
Alex Carrington Scipio
Clamma Dale Bess Alternate
Curtis Dickson Jake
Ella Eure Ensemble
Wilhelmenia Fernandez Ensemble
William Gammon Policeman
Elizabeth Graham Ensemble
Earl Grandison Ensemble
Kenneth Hamilton Ensemble
Betty Harris Ensemble
Esther Hinds Bess Alternate
Loretta Holkmann Ensemble
Delores Ivory-Davis Serena Alternate
Alma Johnson Ensemble
Cora Johnson Ensemble
Betty D. Lane Clara
Abraham Lind-Oquendo Porgy Alternate
Roberta Long Ensemble
Hartwell Mace Jim
Larry Marshall Sportin' Life
Patricia McDermott Ensemble
George Robert Merritt Crown Alternate
Myra Merritt Lily
Naomi Moody Ensemble
Robert Mosley Porgy Alternate
Irene Oliver Bess Alternate
Glover Parham Robbins
William Penn Ensemble
Dwight Ransom Ensemble
Ross Reimueller Jasbo Brown
Cornel Richie Undertaker
John B. Ross Coroner
Rodrick Ross Ensemble
Hansford Rowe Detective
Wilma A. Shakesnider Serena Alternate
Alexander B. Smalls Ensemble
Andrew Smith Crown Alternate
Bernard Thacker Mingo
The Undertaker
Mervin Wallace Peter
The Honey Man
Barbara Ann Webb Ensemble
Wardell Woodard Ensemble
Denice Woods Ensemble
Barbara L. Young Ensemble
Understudies: John D. Anthony (Crown), Shirley Baines (Serena), Phyllis Bash (Bess), Kenneth Bates (Peter), Barbara Buck (Lily, Strawberry Woman), William Gammon (Detective), Elizabeth Graham (Clara), Earl Grandison (Frazier, Undertaker), Kenneth Hamilton (Jake), Alma Johnson (Clara), Hartwell Mace (Porgy), Myra Merritt (Clara), William Penn (Jim), Dwight Ransom (Crab Man, Nelson), Rodrick Ross (Robbins), Alexander B. Smalls (Jake), Bernard Thacker (Sportin' Life), Barbara Ann Webb (Maria), Wardell Woodard (Mingo) and Barbara L. Young (Annie)
Tony Award®
 1977 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Clamma Dale
 1977 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Larry Marshall
 1977 Best Scenic Design [nominee]
Robert Randolph
 1977 Best Costume Design [nominee]
Nancy Potts
 1977 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee]
Jack O'Brien
winner 1977 Most Innovative Production of a Revival [winner]
Produced by Sherwin M. Goldman and The Houston Grand Opera
Drama Desk Award
 1977 Outstanding Musical [nominee]
Produced by Sherwin M. Goldman and The Houston Grand Opera
winner 1977 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner]
Clamma Dale
 1977 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Esther Hinds
 1977 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Larry Marshall
 1977 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Delores Ivory-Davis
 1977 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee]
Directed by Jack O'Brien
 1977 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee]
Nancy Potts
 1977 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee]
Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.
 1977 Outstanding Set Design [nominee]
Scenic Design by Robert Randolph
music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1Sung By
Summertime Clara
A Woman Is a Sometime Thing Jake and Men
Here Come de Honey Man
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Peter (The Honey Man)
They Pass By Singing Porgy
Oh Little Stars
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Gone, Gone, Gone Ensemble
Overflow Ensemble
My Man's Gone Now Serena
Leavin' fo' de Promis' Lan Bess and Ensemble
It Takes a Long Pull Jake and Men
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' Porgy and Ensemble
Buzzard Porgy and Ensemble
Bess, You Is My Woman Now Porgy and Bess
Oh I Can't Sit Down Ensemble
I Ain't Got No Shame Ensemble
It Ain't Necessarily So Sportin' Life and Ensemble
What You Want With Bess? Bess and Crown
ACT 2Sung By
Oh, Doctor Jesus Serena, Maria, Peter (The Honey Man), Lily and Porgy
I Loves You, Porgy Porgy and Bess
Oh, He'venly Father
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Oh de Lawd Shake de Heaven Ensemble
Oh, Dere's Somebody Knockin' at de Do'
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
A Red Headed Woman Crown and Ensemble
Clara, Clara
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York Sportin' Life and Bess
Good Mornin', Sistuh!
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Oh, Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Porgy, Serena and Maria
Oh Lawd, I'm on My Way
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Porgy and Ensemble