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Porgy and Bess   

Alvin Theatre, (10/10/1935 - 1/25/1936)
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Opening Date: Oct 10, 1935    
Closing Date: Jan 25, 1936 Total Performances: 124

Category: Musical, Opera, Original, Broadway
Description: An American folk opera in three acts
Setting: Charleston, South Carolina. The early 1930s. Catfish Row and Kittiwah Island.


Production Staff
Produced by The Theatre Guild
Music by George Gershwin; Libretto by DuBose Heyward; Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin; Based on the play "Porgy" by DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward
Staged by Rouben Mamoulian
Scenic Design by Sergei Soudeikine
Conducted by Alexander Smallens
Cast
Anne Wiggins Brown
Bess
Todd Duncan
Porgy
John W. Bubbles
Sportin' Life
Ruby Elzy
Serena
Olive Ball
Annie
Ford L. Buck
Mingo
The Undertaker
Alexander Campbell
Detective
George Carleton
Coroner
Jack Carr
Jim
Warren Coleman
Crown
Henry Davis
Robbins
Helen Dowdy
Lily
Strawberry Woman
John Garth
Undertaker
Georgette Harvey
Maria
The Eva Jessye Choir (Eva Jessye, Choral Conductor)
Ensemble
J. Rosamond Johnson
Frazier
George Lessey
Mr. Archdale
Edward Matthews
Jake
Burton McEvilly
Policeman
Abbie Mitchell
Clara
Gus Simons
Peter
The Honey Man
Harold Woolf
Policeman
Ray Yeates
Nelson
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
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