The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

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Date: May 31, 2014
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Performance Length

Approx. two hours and
33 minutes, with one intermission

Be Aware

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.

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OVERVIEW

Get swept away by the lush Gershwin score of this great American Tony Award®-winning musical.

#1 BROADWAY MUSICAL OF THE YEAR
“A don’t-miss theater event.”

 —TIME Magazine

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.”

“A BIG HIT!
An indispensable ticket!”

 —The New York Times

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.

“A great achievement that left me breathless.”

The New Yorker

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.


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CREDITS

  • The American Musical
  • By
    George Gershwin, DuBose and
    Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
  • Book Adapted by
    Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Musical Score adapted by
    Diedre L. Murray
  • Directed by
    Diane Paulus
  • Choreography by
    Ronald K. Brown
  • Set Design by
    Riccardo Hernandez
  • Costume Design by
    Esosa
  • Lighting Design by
    Christopher Akerlind
  • Sound Design by
    Acme Sound Partners
With
  • Alicia Hall Moran
  • Nathaniel Stampley
  • Alvin Crawford
  • Kingsley Leggs
  • Sumayya Ali
  • Denisha Ballew
  • Danielle Lee Greaves
  • David Hughey
  • Dan Barnhill
  • Vanjah Boikai
  • Adrianna M. Cleveland
  • Roosevelt André Credit
  • Cicily Daniels
  • Dwelvan David
  • Nkrumah Gatling
  • Tamar Greene
  • Nicole Adell Johnson
  • James Earl Jones II
  • Quentin Oliver Lee
  • Cheryse Mcleod Lewis
  • Sarita Rachelle Lilly
  • Kent Overshown
  • Chauncey Packer
  • Lindsay Roberts
  • Fred Rose
  • Soara-Joye Ross

Season Sponsor

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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