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Porgy and Bess

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Closed September 30, 2012

Audra McDonald & Norm Lewis return to Broadway in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess reimagined by director Diane Paulus, musician Dierdre Murray and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

Why See Porgy and Bess?

George and Ira's Gershwin's ground-breaking work, reimagined by director Diane Paulus, musician Dierdre Murray and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, stars Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier.

A two-and-a-half hour reworking of George and Ira Gershwin's folk opera about the crippled Porgy and his love for seductress Bess that leads him to a confrontation with her murderous boyfriend, Crown, in 1920's Charleston, SC. Includes classic songs "Summertime," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" and "I'm on My Way."

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Previews from: 17 December 2011

Opening night: 12 January 2012

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes, which includes a 15-minute intermission.

Cast and Creative


Audra McDonald
Norm Lewis
David Alan Grier
Phillip Boykin
Nikki Renée Daniels
Joshua Henry
Christopher Innvar
Bryonha Marie Parham
NaTasha Yvette Williams
Allison Blackwell
Roosevelt André Credit
Trevon Davis
Joseph Dellger
Wilkie Ferguson
Carmen Ruby Floyd
Heather Hill
David Hughey
Andrea Jones-Sojola
Alicia Hall Moran
Cedric Neal
Phumzile Sojola
Nathaniel Stampley
Julius Thomas III
J.D. Webster
Lisa Nicole Wilkerson


Director: Diane Paulus
Choreography: Ronald K. Brown
Scenic Design: Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design: Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Sound Design: Acme Sound Partners
Lyrics: DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin
Music: George Gershwin
Book: DuBose Heyward, adapted by Trevor Nunn



Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Audra McDonald

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