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Porgy and Bess   

 
Radio City Music Hall, (4/07/1983 - 5/15/1983)
First Preview: Mar 19, 1983 Total Previews: 22
Opening Date: Apr 07, 1983    
Closing Date: May 15, 1983 Total Performances: 45

Category: Musical, Opera, Revival, Broadway
Description: An American folk opera in three acts
Setting: Charleston, South Carolina. The early 1930s.



Production Staff [Collapse]
Produced by Radio City Music Hall Productions (Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer) and Sherwin M. Goldman Productions; Produced by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.; Associate Producer: Virginia Hymes
Music by George Gershwin; Libretto by DuBose Heyward; Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin; Founded on the play "Porgy" by Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward; Musical Director: C. William Harwood
Directed by Jack O'Brien; Choreographed by George Faison; Assistant Director: Helaine Head
Scenic Design by Douglas W. Schmidt; Costume Design by Nancy Potts; Lighting Design by Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.
General Manager: Mario De Maria; Company Manager: Herbert Scholder
Production Supervisor: Helaine Head; Production Stage Manager: John Actman; First Assistant Stage Manager: Andre Love; Second Assistant Stage Manager: Richert Easley
Associate Conductor: John Miner; Assistant Conductor: Edward Strauss; Music Preparation: George Darden
General Press Representative: Gifford / Wallace, Inc.; Goat trained and handled by Dawn Animal Agency, Inc.
Cast
Loretta AbbottEnsemble
Timothy AllenMingo
The Undertaker
Ensemble
Shirley BainesSerena
Alternate
Earl L. BakerEnsemble
Gregg BakerCrown
Alternate
Priscilla BaskervilleClara
Alternate
Bess
Alternate
Emerson BattlesEnsemble
Raymond H. BazemoreFrazier
Ensemble
Shirley Black-BrownEnsemble
Roslyn BurroughEnsemble
Vertrelle CameronEnsemble
Seraiah CarolEnsemble
Duane Clenton CarterEnsemble
Dabriah ChapmanEnsemble
Louise ColemanEnsemble
Henrietta Elizabeth DavisBess
Alternate
Janice D. DixonEnsemble
Diallobe DorseyEnsemble
Cisco Xavier DraytonEnsemble
Alberta M. DriverEnsemble
Richert EasleyCoroner
Joseph S. EubanksUndertaker
Ensemble
Karen E. EubanksEnsemble
Lori EubanksEnsemble
Beno FosterEnsemble
Luvenia GarnerClara
Alternate
Jerry GodfreyEnsemble
Earl GrandisonEnsemble
Milton B. Grayson, Jr.Ensemble
Elvira GreenEnsemble
Lawrence HamiltonEnsemble
Gurcell HenryEnsemble
Angela HolcombEnsemble
Lisa D. HolkmannEnsemble
Loretta HolkmannMaria
Alternate
Janice T. HutsonEnsemble
David-Michael JohnsonEnsemble
Leavata JohnsonEnsemble
Tyrone JolivetRobbins
Ensemble
Dorothy L. JonesEnsemble
Donald Walter KaseJim
Ensemble
Robert KryserEnsemble
Roberta Alexandra LawsEnsemble
Eugene LittleEnsemble
Jason LittleEnsemble
Ann Marie MackeyEnsemble
Barbara MahajanEnsemble
Amelia MarshallEnsemble
Larry MarshallSportin' Life
Richard MasonEnsemble
Y. Yvonne MatthewsLily
Ensemble
Regina McConnellSerena
Alternate
Everett McCorveyNelson
Ensemble
John McDanielsEnsemble
George Robert MerrittCrown
Alternate
William MoizePoliceman
Ensemble
Naomi MoodyBess
Alternate
Robert Mosley Jr.Porgy
Alternate
Daisy NewmanBess
Alternate
Byron OnqueEnsemble
H. William PennEnsemble
Marenda PerryEnsemble
Lou Ann PickettAnnie
Ensemble
Akili PrinceScipio
Herbert Lee Rawlings, Jr.Ensemble
Roumel ReauxEnsemble
Noelle RichardsEnsemble
David RobertsonEnsemble
Lattilia RonricoEnsemble
Renee L. RoseEnsemble
Myles Gregory SavageEnsemble
Wilma A. ShakesniderSerena
Alternate
Sheryl ShellEnsemble
Kiki ShepardEnsemble
Gwendolyn ShepherdMaria
Alternate
Alexander SmallsJake
Alternate
Michael V. SmarttPorgy
Alternate
Jonathan SpraguePorgy
Alternate
Larry StorchDetective
Edward StraussJasbo Brown
Kevin L. StromanEnsemble
Charee Adia ThorpesEnsemble
James TyeskaJake
Alternate
Porgy
Alternate
Veronica TylerSerena
Alternate
Mervin Bertel WallacePeter
The Honey Man
Ensemble
Pamela Warrick-SmithEnsemble
Cornelius WhiteEnsemble
Rodney WingEnsemble
Tarik WinstonEnsemble
Denice WoodsStrawberry Woman
Ensemble
Thomas J. YoungCrab Man
Ensemble
Understudies: Duane Clenton Carter (Crown, Porgy), Richert Easley (Detective), Beno Foster (Peter), Earl Grandison (Frazier), Elvira Green (Maria), Gurcell Henry (Clara), David-Michael Johnson (Mingo), Leavata Johnson (Annie), Donald Walter Kase (Jake), Y. Yvonne Matthews (Strawberry Woman), John McDaniels (Robbins), William Moize (Nelson), Byron Onque (Jim), Herbert Lee Rawlings, Jr. (Sportin' Life), Myles Gregory Savage (Crab Man), Sheryl Shell (Lily) and Rodney Wing (Jake)
Tony Award®
 1983 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Michael V. Smartt
 1983 Best Choreography [nominee] 
  George Faison
music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1 Sung By
Brown Blues
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Piano
SummertimeClara
A Woman Is a Sometime ThingJake and Men
Here Come de Honey Man
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Peter (The Honey Man)
They Pass By SingingPorgy
Oh Little Stars
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Porgy
Gone, Gone, GoneEnsemble
OverflowEnsemble
My Man's Gone NowSerena
Leavin' for the Promise' Lan'
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Bess and Ensemble
It Takes a Long Pull to Get There
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Jake and Men
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'Porgy and Ensemble
Struttin' Style
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Maria
Buzzard Song
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Porgy and Ensemble
Bess, You Is My Woman NowPorgy and Bess
Oh I Can't Sit DownEnsemble
I Ain't Got No ShameEnsemble
It Ain't Necessarily SoSportin' Life and Ensemble
What You Want Wid Bess
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Bess and Crown
ACT 2 Sung By
Oh, Doctor JesusSerena, Maria, Peter (The Honey Man), Lily and Porgy
I Loves You, PorgyPorgy and Bess
Oh, He'venly Father
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Ensemble
Oh de Lawd Shake de HeavenEnsemble
Oh, Dere's Somebody Knockin' at de Do'
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Ensemble
A Red Headed WomanCrown and Ensemble
Clara, Clara
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Ensemble
There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New YorkSportin' Life and Bess
Good Mornin', Sistuh!
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Ensemble
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