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

"The ecstasy is infectious. The Ahmanson joyfully quakes. Undeniable is the majesty of the score which begins with 'Summertime' and keeps soaring with 'My Man's Gone Now,' 'Bess, You Is My Woman Now' and 'I Loves You, Porgy.'"

–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.”

"A fresh and viscerally exciting Porgy that emphasizes its wildly beating heart."

–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.

"Dynamic. Entertaining. Engaging. Full of passion."

–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.

Watch & Listen

Stage Talks

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 6:30pm
Tue, April 29 at 8pm
Fri, May 2 at 8pm                           
Sat, May 3 at 2pm                           
Thu, May 8 at 8pm
Sat, May 10 at 2pm
Thu, May 15 at 8pm
Sun, May 18 at 1pm
Thu, May 22 at 2pm
Sun, May 25 at 1pm
Fri, May 30 at 8pm
Sat, May 31 at 8pm


  • 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
  • Lighting Design by
    Christopher Akerlind
  • Sound Design by
    Acme Sound Partners
  • 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.




4/14/2014 Program PDF
2/7/2014 Calendar doc
10/15/2013 Casting Release .doc