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The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess   Tour  

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Opening Date: November 12, 2013    
Closing Date: July 20, 2014

Category: Musical, Opera, Revival, National Tour
Setting: Catfish Row and Kittiwah island, Charleston, South Carolina. Late 1930s.

Production Staff [See More]
Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Patty Baker, Joseph & Matthew Deitch, Scott M. Delman, Independent Presenters Network, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, John Frost/Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Ron Simons, Cheryl & Ted Lachowicz, Luigi Caiola/Rose Caiola, Judith Resnick, SHN/SHN Presents Dallas, Michael & Jean Strunsky, Irene Gandy, Will Trice and GFour Productions; Associate Producer: Greenleaf Productions, Michael Crea, PJ Miller and Olivia Smith-Dews
First performed on August 17, 2011 at The American Repertory Theatre
Music by George Gershwin; Lyrics by DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin; Book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks; Musical Score Adapted by Diedre Murray; Musical Director: Dale Rieling; Music orchestrated by William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke
Directed by Diane Paulus; Choreographed by Ronald K. Brown; Associate Director: Nancy Harrington; Associate Choreographer: Arcell Cabuag
Scenic Design by Riccardo Hernandez; Costume Design by ESosa; Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners; Hair and Wig Design by J. Jared Janas and Rob Greene; Makeup Design by J. Jared Janas and Rob Greene; Associate Scenic Design: Stephen A. Davan; Associate Costume Design: Ashley Farra; Associate Lighting Design: Anthony Pearson; Associate Sound Design: Jason Crystal
General Manager: Richards / Climan, Inc.; Company Manager: Erik Birkeland
Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Production Stage Manager: John M. Atherlay; Stage Manager: Sharika Niles and William Gilinsky
Conducted by Dale Rieling; Musical Supervisor: Constantine Kitsopoulos; Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Associate Conductor: Chip Prince; Piano: Chip Prince; Drums: Mark O'Kain; Synthesizer Programmer: Karl Mansfield
Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates; Tour Booking Agent: The Booking Group; Dance Captain: Nicole Adell Johnson; Casting: Telsey + Company and Justin Huff, C.S.A.; Marketing Direction: Type A Marketing; Dialect Coach: Dawn-Elin Fraser; Advertising: The Marketing Division; Social Media Outreach: Broadway's Best Shows; Photographer: Michael J. Lutch
Dedicated to the memory of Associate Costume Designer Ashley Farra (who followed her dreams and dedicated her passions to the art of theatre)
Alicia Hall Moran
Nathaniel Stampley
Sumayya Ali
Denisha Ballew
Alvin Crawford
Danielle Lee Greaves
David Hughey
Kingsley Leggs
Sporting Life
Dan Barnhill
Adrianna M. Cleveland
A Woman of Catfish Row
Roosevelt André Credit
A Fisherman
Cicily Daniels
A Woman of Catfish Row
Dwelvan David
The Crab Man
Nkrumah Gatling
A Fisherman
Tamar Greene
A Fisherman
Nicole Adell Johnson
A Woman of Catfish Row
James Earl Jones II
Sarita Rachelle Lilly
Strawberry Woman
Kent Overshown
The Undertaker
Chauncey Packer
The Honey Man
Fred Rose
Soara-Joye Ross
A Woman of Catfish Row
Swings: Vanjah Boikai, Quentin Oliver Lee, Cheryse Mcleod Lewis and Lindsay Roberts
Understudies: Sumayya Ali (Bess), Vanjah Boikai (Jake), Adrianna M. Cleveland (Clara), Cicily Daniels (Mariah), Dwelvan David (Crown), Nkrumah Gatling (Jake), William Gilinsky (Policeman), James Earl Jones II (Porgy), Quentin Oliver Lee (Crown, Porgy), Cheryse Mcleod Lewis (Bess), Kent Overshown (Porgy), Chauncey Packer (Sporting Life), Lindsay Roberts (Clara), Fred Rose (Detective) and Soara-Joye Ross (Bess, Serena)

ACT 1 Sung By
Summertime Clara and Jake
A Woman is a Sometime Thing Jake and Ensemble
Crap Game Ensemble
Gone, Gone, Gone Ensemble
My Man's Gone Now Serena
Leaving for the Promised Land Bess and Ensemble
It Takes a Long Pull Jake and the Fishermen
I Got Plenty of Nothing Porgy
I Hates Your Strutting Style Mariah
Bess, You is My Woman Now Porgy and Bess
Oh, I Can't Sit Down Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
It Ain't Necessarily So Sporting Life and Ensemble
What You Want with Bess? Bess and Crown
It Takes a Long Pull (Reprise) Jake and the Fishermen
Oh, Doctor Jesus Serena and Ensemble
Street Cries Strawberry Woman, Honey Man and The Crab Man
I Loves You, Porgy Bess and Porgy
Oh, the Lord Shake the Heaven Ensemble
A Red Headed Woman Crown and Ensemble
Clara, Don't You be Downhearted Ensemble
There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon Sporting Life
Where's My Bess? Porgy, Mariah and Serena
I'm On My Way Porgy and Ensemble
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Engagement Dates Theatre City and State
Jul 15, 2014 - Jul 20, 2014 Belk Theater Charlotte, NC
Jul 8, 2014 - Jul 13, 2014 The Muny St. Louis, MO
Jun 11, 2014 - Jun 29, 2014 5th Avenue Theatre Seattle, WA
Jun 3, 2014 - Jun 8, 2014 ASU Gammage Tempe, AZ
Apr 22, 2014 - Jun 1, 2014 Ahmanson Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Apr 15, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014 The Smith Center Las Vegas, NV
Apr 1, 2014 - Apr 6, 2014 Des Moines Civic Center Des Moines, IA
Mar 25, 2014 - Mar 30, 2014 Ordway Center For The Performing Arts St. Paul, MN
Mar 18, 2014 - Mar 23, 2014 Wharton Center for the Performing Arts East Lansing, MI
Mar 11, 2014 - Mar 16, 2014 Shea's Performing Arts Center Buffalo, NY
Mar 4, 2014 - Mar 9, 2014 Detroit Opera House Detroit, MI
Feb 25, 2014 - Mar 2, 2014 Benedum Center Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 18, 2014 - Feb 23, 2014 Academy Of Music: Kimmel Center Philadelphia, PA
Feb 4, 2014 - Feb 16, 2014 Connor Palace Cleveland, OH
Jan 28, 2014 - Feb 2, 2014 Peace Center For The Performing Arts Greenville, SC
Jan 21, 2014 - Jan 26, 2014 Hayes Hall Naples, FL
Jan 14, 2014 - Jan 19, 2014 David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Tampa, FL
Jan 7, 2014 - Jan 12, 2014 Raymond F. Kravis Center For The Performing Arts West Palm Beach, FL
Dec 25, 2013 - Dec 29, 2013 National Theatre Washington, DC
Dec 10, 2013 - Dec 22, 2013 AT&T Performing Arts Center Dallas, TX
Nov 12, 2013 - Dec 8, 2013 Golden Gate Theatre San Francisco, CA