MusicalOperaRevivalBroadway
Opening Date
Apr 07, 1983
Closing Date
May 15, 1983
1st Preview
Mar 19, 1983
1st Preview
Mar 19, 1983
Previews
22
Performances
45
MusicalOperaRevivalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Radio City Music Hall
(Apr 07, 1983 - May 15, 1983)

Description
An American folk opera in three acts

Setting
Charleston, South Carolina. The early 1930s.

Music by George Gershwin; Libretto by DuBose Heyward; Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin; Founded on the play "Porgy" by Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward; Musical Director: C. William Harwood
Directed by Jack O'Brien; Choreographed by George Faison; Assistant Director: Helaine Head
Scenic Design by Douglas W. Schmidt; Costume Design by Nancy Potts; Lighting Design by Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.
General Manager: Mario De Maria; Company Manager: Herbert Scholder
Production Supervisor: Helaine Head; Production Stage Manager: John Actman; First Assistant Stage Manager: Andre Love; Second Assistant Stage Manager: Richert Easley
Associate Conductor: John Miner; Assistant Conductor: Edward Strauss; Music Preparation: George Darden
General Press Representative: Gifford / Wallace, Inc.; Goat trained and handled by Dawn Animal Agency, Inc.
Ensemble
Mingo
The Undertaker
 
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Serena
Alternate
Ensemble
Crown
Alternate
Clara
Alternate
 
Bess
Alternate
Ensemble
 
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Bess
Alternate
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Coroner
Undertaker
 
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Clara
Alternate
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Maria
Alternate
Ensemble
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Robbins
 
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Ensemble
 
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Sportin' Life
Ensemble
 
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Serena
Alternate
 
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Ensemble
Crown
Alternate
Policeman
 
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Bess
Alternate
Porgy
Alternate
Bess
Alternate
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
 
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Scipio
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
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Serena
Alternate
Ensemble
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Maria
Alternate
Jake
Alternate
Porgy
Alternate
Porgy
Alternate
Detective
Jasbo Brown
Ensemble
Jake
Alternate
 
Porgy
Alternate
Serena
Alternate
Peter
The Honey Man
 
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Ensemble
Ensemble
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Strawberry Woman
 
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Crab Man
 
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Understudies: Duane Clenton Carter (Porgy, Crown), Richert Easley (Detective), Beno Foster (Peter), Earl Grandison (Frazier), Elvira Green (Maria), Gurcell Henry (Clara), David-Michael Johnson (Mingo), Leavata Johnson (Annie), Donald Walter Kase (Jake), Y. Yvonne Matthews (Strawberry Woman), John McDaniels (Robbins), William Moize (Nelson), Byron Onque (Jim), Herbert Lee Rawlings, Jr. (Sportin' Life), Myles Gregory Savage (Crab Man), Sheryl Shell (Lily) and Rodney Wing (Jake)
music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
(Unless otherwise noted)
Act 1
Sung By
Brown Blues
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Piano
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' for the Promise' Lan'
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Bess and Ensemble
It Takes a Long Pull to Get There
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Jake and Men
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
Porgy and Ensemble
Struttin' Style
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Maria
Buzzard Song
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
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 Wid Bess
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
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)
Ensemble
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

Tony Award®

 

Best Actor in a Musical

1983 Nominee
Michael V. Smartt
 

Best Choreography

1983 Nominee
Choreographed by George Faison
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