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Porgy and Bess   

Majestic Theatre, (1/22/1942 - 9/26/1942)
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Opening Date: Jan 22, 1942    
Closing Date: Sep 26, 1942 Total Performances: 286

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
Theatre Operated by the Magoro Operating Corporation
Produced by Cheryl Crawford; Associate Producer: John J. Wildberg
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
Directed by Robert Ross
Scenic Design by Herbert Andrews; Costume Design by Paul Du Pont
General Manager: Charles Stewart; Company Manager: Clarence Jacobson
Stage Manager: Al West; Assistant Stage Mgr: Paul Du Pont and Robert Williams
Conducted by Alexander Smallens; Choral Director: Eva Jessye; Orchestra Personnel Manager: Charles Kunen
Press Representative: Jean Dalrymple
Cast
Catherine Ayers
Annie
William Bowers
Nelson
Anne Brown
Bess
Jack Carr
Jim
Osbert Chevers
Child
Warren Coleman
Crown
Henry Davis
Robbins
Helen Dowdy
Lily
Strawberry Woman
Paul Du Pont
2nd Policeman
Todd Duncan
Porgy
Robert Ecton
Peter
The Honey Man
Ruby Elzy
Serena
John Garth
Undertaker
Georgette Harvey
Maria
Harriet Jackson
Clara
Jacqueline Jennings
Child
The Eva Jessye Choir (Eva Jessye, Choral Conductor)
Ensemble
J. Rosamond Johnson
Frazier
Naida King
Child
Rosalie King
Child
Avon Long
Sportin' Life
Edward Matthews
Jake
Harvey McGill
Child
Gibbs Penrose
Detective
William Richardson
1st Policeman
Robert Tucker
Child
Jimmy Waters
Mingo
The Undertaker
Al West
Coroner
Granville Williams
Child
Lorraine Williams
Child
William Woolfolk
Crab Man
music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
ACT 1 Sung By
Summertime Clara
A Woman Is a Sometime Thing Jim, Jake, Sportin' Life and Ensemble
They Pass By Singing Porgy
Crap Game Fugue Porgy, Sportin' Life, Crown and Men
Gone, Gone, Gone Ensemble
Overflow Ensemble
My Man's Gone Now Serena and Ensemble
Leavin' fo' de Promis' Lan Bess and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
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
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
Oh, Doctor Jesus Principals and Ensemble
ACT 3 Sung By
Clara, Don't You Be Downhearted Ensemble
There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York Sportin' Life and Bess
Where's My Bess? Porgy
I'm On My Way Porgy and Ensemble