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The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess   

 
Richard Rodgers Theatre, (1/12/2012 - 9/23/2012)
First Preview: Dec 17, 2011 Total Previews: 28
Opening Date: Jan 12, 2012    
Closing Date: Sep 23, 2012 Total Performances: 293

Category: Musical, Opera, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Late 1930s. Catfish Row, Charleston, South Carolina.



Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)
Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Howard Kagan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Lucio Simons TBC, Joseph & Matthew Deitch, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Terry Schnuck, Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Ken Mahoney, Judith Resnick, Tulchin/Bartner/ATG, Paper Boy Productions, Christopher Hart, Alden Badway, Broadway Across America, Irene Gandy and Will Trice; Associate Producer: Ronald Frankel, James Fuld, Jr., Allan S. Gordon, INFINITY Stages, Shorenstein Hays Nederlander, David & Barbara Stoller, Michael & Jean Strunsky and Theresa Wozunk; Assistant Producer: Michael Crea
Originally produced by The American Repertory Theatre
Music by George Gershwin; Lyrics by DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin; Book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre Murray; Musical Director: Constantine Kitsopoulos; Music orchestrated by William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke
Directed by Diane Paulus; Choreographed by Ronald K. Brown; Associate Director: Nancy Harrington
Scenic Design by Riccardo Hernandez; Costume Design by ESosa; Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners and Nevin Steinberg; Wig Design by J. Jared Janas and Rob Greene; Hair Design by J. Jared Janas and Rob Greene; Make-Up Design by J. Jared Janas and Rob Greene; Associate Scenic Design: Maruti Evans; Associate Costume Design: Cathy Parrott; Associate Lighting Design: Caroline Chao; Associate Sound Design: Jason Crystal
Company Manager: Bruce Klinger; General Manager: Richards / Climan, Inc.; Assistant Co. Mgr: Caitlin Fahey
Production Manager: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Production Stage Manager: Nancy Harrington; Stage Manager: Julie Baldauff
Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos; Associate Conductor: Paul Masse; Concert Master: Belinda Whitney; Woodwinds: Katherine Fink, Lynne Cohen, Steve Kenyon, Jonathan Levine and Jill M. Collura; Trumpets: Nick Marchione and Dan Urness; Trombone: Keith O'Quinn; Bass Trombone/Tuba: Jennifer Wharton; French Horns: R.J. Kelley and Eric Davis; Violins: Orlando Wells, Karl Kawahara and Philip Payton; Violas: Crystal Garner and Liuh-Wen Ting; Cellos: Sarah Seiver and Summer Boggess; Bass: Bill Ellison; Drums/Percussion: Charles Descarfino; Piano/Celeste: Paul Masse; Music Preparation: Larry Abel
Dance Captain: Lisa Nicole Wilkerson; Fight direction by J. Steven White; Dialect Coach: Denise L. Woods; Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates and Alana Karpoff; Casting: Telsey + Company; Advertising: Serino/Coyne; Website Design/Online Marketing: SPOTCo, Inc.; Interactive Marketing Service: Broadway's Best Shows; Photographer: Michael Lutch
Cast
David Alan GrierSporting Life
Norm LewisPorgy
Audra McDonaldBess
Allison BlackwellA Woman of Catfish Row
Phillip BoykinCrown
Roosevelt André CreditA Fisherman
Nikki Renée DanielsClara
Trevon DavisA Fisherman
Joseph DellgerPoliceman
(Dec 17, 2011 - Sep 16, 2012)
Wilkie FergusonA Fisherman
Joshua HenryJake
Heather HillA Woman of Catfish Row
Christopher Innvar
(Dec 17, 2011 - Sep 16, 2012)
Andrea Jones-SojolaStrawberry Woman
Alicia Hall MoranA Woman of Catfish Row
Cedric NealThe Crab Man
Bryonha Marie ParhamSerena
Phumzile SojolaPeter
The Honey Man
Nathaniel Stampley Robbins
J.D. WebsterMingo
The Undertaker
Lisa Nicole WilkersonA Woman of Catfish Row
NaTasha Yvette WilliamsMariah
Swings: Sumayya Ali, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Gavin Gregory, David Hughey and Julius Thomas III
Understudies: Sumayya Ali (Bess, Clara, Serena, Strawberry Woman), Allison Blackwell (Mariah), Trevon Davis (Jake), Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson (Robbins, The Crab Man), Carmen Ruby Floyd (Mariah), Gavin Gregory (Crown, Sporting Life), Heather Hill (Strawberry Woman), David Hughey (A Fisherman, Jake, Robbins, Sporting Life), Andrea Jones-Sojola (Clara, Serena), Alicia Hall Moran (Bess), Phumzile Sojola (Robbins), Nathaniel Stampley (Crown, Porgy) and Julius Thomas III (A Fisherman, Mingo, Peter, The Crab Man)
Tony Award®
winner 2012 Best Revival of a Musical [winner] 
 Produced by Jeffrey Richards , Jerry Frankel , Rebecca Gold , Howard Kagan , Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Lucio Simons TBC , Joseph & Matthew Deitch , Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub , Terry Schnuck , Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman , The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust , Universal Pictures Stage Productions , Ken Mahoney , Judith Resnick , Tulchin/Bartner/ATG , Paper Boy Productions , Christopher Hart , Alden Badway , Broadway Across America , Irene Gandy and Will Trice ;  Originally produced by The American Repertory Theatre
 2012 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical [nominee] 
  Norm Lewis
winner 2012 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical [winner] 
  Audra McDonald
 2012 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical [nominee] 
  Phillip Boykin
 2012 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical [nominee] 
  David Alan Grier
 2012 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 
  Diane Paulus
 2012 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 
  William David Brohn
 2012 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 
  Christopher Jahnke
 2012 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 
 Costume Design by ESosa
 2012 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 
 Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind
 2012 Best Sound Design of a Musical [nominee] 
 Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners
Theatre World
winner 2012 Award [recipient] 
  Phillip Boykin
Drama Desk Award
 2012 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Jeffrey Richards , Jerry Frankel , Rebecca Gold , Howard Kagan , Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Lucio Simons TBC , Joseph & Matthew Deitch , Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub , Terry Schnuck , Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman , The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust , Universal Pictures Stage Productions , Ken Mahoney , Judith Resnick , Tulchin/Bartner/ATG , Paper Boy Productions , Alden Badway , Broadway Across America , Irene Gandy and Will Trice
 2012 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Norm Lewis
winner 2012 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Audra McDonald
 2012 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Phillip Boykin
winner 2012 Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical [winner] 
 Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners

ACT 1 Sung By
Summertime
(music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin)
Clara and Jake
A Woman Is a Sometime ThingJake and Ensemble
Crap Game
(music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Ensemble
Gone, Gone, GoneEnsemble
My Man's Gone NowSerena
Leaving for the Promised Land
(music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Bess and Ensemble
It Takes a Long PullJake and Ensemble
I Got Plenty of Nothing
(music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Porgy
I Hates Your Strutting Style
(music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Mariah
Bess, You Is My Woman NowPorgy and Bess
Oh I Can't Sit DownEnsemble
ACT 2 Sung By
It Ain't Necessarily SoSporting Life and Ensemble
What You Want With Bess?Bess and Crown
Oh, Doctor JesusSerena and Ensemble
Street CriesStrawberry Woman, Peter (The Honey Man) and The Crab Man
I Loves You, PorgyBess and Porgy
Oh, The Lord Shake the Heaven
(music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Ensemble
A Red Headed WomanCrown and Ensemble
Clara, Don't You Be DownheartedEnsemble
There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon
(music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Sporting Life
Where's My Bess?Porgy, Mariah and Serena
I'm On My WayPorgy and Ensemble