MusicalOperaRevivalBroadway
Opening Date
Mar 10, 1953
Closing Date
Nov 28, 1953
Performances
305
MusicalOperaRevivalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Ziegfeld Theatre
(Mar 10, 1953 - Nov 28, 1953)

Description
An American folk opera in three acts

Setting
Charleston, South Carolina. The early 1930s. Catfish Row and Kittiwah Island.

Theatre Owned / Operated by Billy Rose
Produced by Blevins Davis and Robert Breen
Libretto by DuBose Heyward; Music by George Gershwin; Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward; Based on the play "Porgy" by Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward; Musical Director: Alexander Smallens; Assistant Musical Dir.: Samuel Matlovsky; Choral Director: Eva Jessye
Directed by Robert Breen
Scenic Design by Wolfgang Roth; Costume Design by Jed Mace
General Manager: Ben Boyar
Stage Manager: George Quick; Assistant Stage Mgr: Willis Daily, Jerry Laws and Walter Riemer
Assistant to General Manager: Robert Dustin; National Press Representative: Bill Doll; Associate Press Representative: Robert Ullman; Promotions: Seymour Krawitz; West Coast Representative: Bill Watters; Master Carpenter: Lawrence Bland
Ensemble
Porgy
Alternate
 
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Sportin' Life
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Peter
The Honey Man
Policeman
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Porgy
Alternate
Porgy's Goat
Policeman
 
Coroner
Frazier
Mingo
The Undertaker
Bess
Alternate
Crown
Ensemble
Ensemble
Bess
Alternate
Ensemble
Detective
Robbins
Ensemble
Porgy
Alternate
Ensemble
Serena
Ensemble
Ensemble
Undertaker
Ensemble
Crab Man
Swing: Hugh Dilworth
Understudies: Joseph Attles (Crab Man, Sportin' Life), Irving Barnes (Porgy), James Hawthorne Bey (Mingo), Rhoda Boggs (Lily), Walter P. Brown (Crown), Miriam Burton (Serena), Helen Colbert (Bess), Charles Colman (Jake), Willis Daily (Detective), Helen Dowdy (Maria), Helen Ferguson (Annie), Elizabeth Foster (Bess), Kenneth Hibbert (Undertaker, Sportin' Life), George A. Royston (Peter), Delores Swan (Clara) and Barbara Ann Webb (Serena)
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
Gone, Gone, Gone
Ensemble
Overflow
Ensemble
My Man's Gone Now
Serena and Ensemble
Leavin' fo' de Promis' Lan
Bess and Ensemble
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
Act 2
Sung By
I Ain't Got No Shame
Sportin' Life and 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
Clara, Don't You Be Downhearted
Ensemble
There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York
Sportin' Life and Bess
Buzzard
Porgy
Where's My Bess?
Porgy
I'm On My Way
Porgy and Ensemble

Tony Award®

 

Stage Technician

1956 Nominee
Carpenter: Lawrence Bland
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