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Porgy and Bess   

Uris Theatre, (9/25/1976 - 12/05/1976)
Mark Hellinger Theatre, (12/07/1976 - 1/09/1977)
First Preview: Sep 20, 1976 Total Previews: 7
Opening Date: Sep 25, 1976    
Closing Date: Jan 09, 1977 Total Performances: 122

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


Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by James M. Nederlander, Joseph Nederlander and Gerard Oestreicher
Produced by Sherwin M. Goldman and The Houston Grand Opera; Produced by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
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; Musical Director and Chorus Master: John DeMain
Directed by Jack O'Brien; Choreographed by Mabel Robinson; Assistant Director: Mabel Robinson and Helaine Head
Scenic Design by Robert Randolph; Costume Design by Nancy Potts; Lighting Design by Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.; Additional scenic elements for Kittiwah Island designed by John Rothgeb
General Manager: Robert A. Buckley; Company Manager: Bill Liberman
Production Stage Manager: Helaine Head; Stage Manager: Sally McCravey
Music Preparation: George Darden; Music Contractor: Mel Rodnon
Goat trained and handled by Dawn Animal Agency, Inc.; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner and Associates; Press Representative: Michael Alpert, Marilynn LeVine and Warren Knowlton
The Producers wish to express their gratitude for the assistance, advice and confidence of Milton Aborn, Ira Gershwin, Lenore Gershwin, Jennifer Heyward, Robert Kimball, Kay Swift and Mrs. Edgar Tobin
Cast
Donnie Ray Albert
Porgy
Alternate
Steven Alex-Cole
Crab Man
Ensemble
John D. Anthony
Ensemble
Shirley Baines
Annie
Ensemble
Earl Baker
Ensemble
Kenneth Barry
Mr. Archdale
Phyllis Bash
Strawberry Woman
Ensemble
Kenneth Bates
Ensemble
Raymond Bazemore
Frazier
Ensemble
Carol Brice
Maria
Barbara Buck
Ensemble
Alex Carrington
Scipio
Clamma Dale
Bess
Alternate
Curtis Dickson
Jake
Ella Eure
Ensemble
Wilhelmenia Fernandez
Ensemble
William Gammon
Policeman
Elizabeth Graham
Ensemble
Earl Grandison
Ensemble
Kenneth Hamilton
Ensemble
Betty Harris
Ensemble
Esther Hinds
Bess
Alternate
Loretta Holkmann
Ensemble
Delores Ivory-Davis
Serena
Alternate
Alma Johnson
Ensemble
Cora Johnson
Ensemble
Betty D. Lane
Clara
Abraham Lind-Oquendo
Porgy
Alternate
Roberta Long
Ensemble
Hartwell Mace
Jim
Ensemble
Larry Marshall
Sportin' Life
Patricia McDermott
Ensemble
George Robert Merritt
Crown
Alternate
Myra Merritt
Lily
Ensemble
Naomi Moody
Ensemble
Robert Mosley
Porgy
Alternate
Irene Oliver
Bess
Alternate
Glover Parham
Robbins
Ensemble
William Penn
Ensemble
Dwight Ransom
Ensemble
Ross Reimueller
Jasbo Brown
Cornel Richie
Undertaker
Ensemble
John B. Ross
Coroner
Rodrick Ross
Ensemble
Hansford Rowe
Detective
Wilma A. Shakesnider
Serena
Alternate
Alexander B. Smalls
Ensemble
Andrew Smith
Crown
Alternate
Bernard Thacker
Mingo
The Undertaker
Ensemble
Mervin Wallace
Peter
The Honey Man
Ensemble
Barbara Ann Webb
Ensemble
Wardell Woodard
Ensemble
Denice Woods
Ensemble
Barbara L. Young
Ensemble
Understudies: John D. Anthony (Crown), Shirley Baines (Serena), Phyllis Bash (Bess), Kenneth Bates (Peter), Barbara Buck (Lily, Strawberry Woman), William Gammon (Detective), Elizabeth Graham (Clara), Earl Grandison (Frazier, Undertaker), Kenneth Hamilton (Jake), Alma Johnson (Clara), Hartwell Mace (Porgy), Myra Merritt (Clara), William Penn (Jim), Dwight Ransom (Crab Man, Nelson), Rodrick Ross (Robbins), Alexander B. Smalls (Jake), Bernard Thacker (Sportin' Life), Barbara Ann Webb (Maria), Wardell Woodard (Mingo) and Barbara L. Young (Annie)
Tony Award®
1977 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Clamma Dale
1977 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Larry Marshall
1977 Best Scenic Design [nominee]
Robert Randolph
1977 Best Costume Design [nominee]
Nancy Potts
1977 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee]
Jack O'Brien
winner 1977 Most Innovative Production of a Revival [winner]
Produced by Sherwin M. Goldman and The Houston Grand Opera
Drama Desk Award
1977 Outstanding Musical [nominee]
Produced by Sherwin M. Goldman and The Houston Grand Opera
winner 1977 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner]
Clamma Dale
1977 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Esther Hinds
1977 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Larry Marshall
1977 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Delores Ivory-Davis
1977 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee]
Directed by Jack O'Brien
1977 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee]
Nancy Potts
1977 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee]
Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.
1977 Outstanding Set Design [nominee]
Scenic Design by Robert Randolph
music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
(Unless otherwise noted)
ACT 1 Sung By
Summertime Clara
A Woman Is a Sometime Thing Jake and Men
Here Come de Honey Man
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Peter
They Pass By Singing Porgy
Oh Little Stars
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Porgy
Gone, Gone, Gone Ensemble
Overflow Ensemble
My Man's Gone Now Serena
Leavin' fo' de Promis' Lan Bess and Ensemble
It Takes a Long Pull Jake and Men
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' Porgy and Ensemble
Buzzard Porgy and Ensemble
Bess, You Is My Woman Now Porgy and Bess
Oh I Can't Sit Down Ensemble
I Ain't Got No Shame Ensemble
It Ain't Necessarily So Sportin' Life and Ensemble
What You Want With Bess? Bess and Crown
ACT 2 Sung By
Oh, Doctor Jesus Serena, Maria, Peter, Lily and Porgy
I Loves You, Porgy Porgy and Bess
Oh, He'venly Father
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Ensemble
Oh de Lawd Shake de Heaven Ensemble
Oh, Dere's Somebody Knockin' at de Do'
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Ensemble
A Red Headed Woman Crown and Ensemble
Clara, Clara
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Ensemble
There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York Sportin' Life and Bess
Good Mornin', Sistuh!
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Porgy
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