Center Theatre Group - L.A.'s Theatre Company
Apr 22 - June 1, 2014
Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center downtown Los Angeles
135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Directions and Parking
Direct Access Theatre ExperienceDate: May 31, 2014On Sale: Now
Approx. two hours and 33 minutes, with one intermission
This against-all-odds love story includes plotlines with drugs, prostitution and two onstage murders.
Recommended for teens age 13+ and adults. This show also contains fog, haze, smoke and lightning effects using strobe lights.
Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.
CTG Show Guide for Parents
–Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is hitting the road with award-winning members of the Broadway cast in this stunning and stirring new staging. Accompanied by a lush 23-piece orchestra, this re-envisioned Broadway production includes such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”
–Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register
Rise Up Singing: The Resurrection of Catfish Row — Discover the history of this Gershwin masterpiece in a feature article written by Lynell George.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.
–Brian Carter, Los Angeles Sentinel
One of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony Award® -winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), have re-imagined George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork specifically for the musical theatre, what USA Today calls “a canny and exuberant re-affirmation of the original’s enduring brilliance.”
Like South Pacific and Follies, this rare production captures the iconic masterwork the way it was meant to be appreciated: on the sumptuous Ahmanson stage with a magnificent 23-piece orchestra.
Stage Talks for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess are a place for the audience members to come together and get to the heart of the experience they just shared. Under the capable guidance of our trained Engagement Specialists, the play becomes a catalyst for a lively discussion about the work onstage and what it means to us as individuals and as a society. Stage Talks take place immediately following select performances in the rear orchestra.
Post-show Discussion Schedule:Sun, April 27 at 6:30pmTue, April 29 at 8pmFri, May 2 at 8pm Sat, May 3 at 2pm Thu, May 8 at 8pmSat, May 10 at 2pmThu, May 15 at 8pmSun, May 18 at 1pmThu, May 22 at 2pmSun, May 25 at 1pmFri, May 30 at 8pmSat, May 31 at 8pm
The Los Angeles production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is generously supported in part by Artistic Director’s Circle member Jeanette Shammas and The Blue Ribbon.
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