‘Porgy and Bess’ Announces Added Engagement to Tour
The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival, announces an additional city to their 2013-2014 touring season. The Muny in St. Louis will host the world of Catfish Row from July 8- 13, 2014. Production photos for the current national tour are now available for download at the link below.
The tour opened at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre Wednesday, Nov. 13 to critical acclaim. Rob Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle exclaimed, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is a triumph. Moran and Stampley vividly embody the central star-crossed lovers and proclaim their passion in an electrifying Bess, You Is My Woman Now. The silken voice of Sumayya Ali enfolds us in the glories of Summertime. Diane Paulus’ bold revival has your heart beating in time with the world of Catfish Row,” while Karen D’Souza of Bay Area News Group hailed it as, “A SUMPTOUS MUSICAL TREAT! From lowdown blues to sultry lullabies, this is a score to be savored. Bask in the enduring beauty of songs such as Summertimeand I Got Plenty of Nothing. Nathaniel Stampley etches Porgy with majesty and grace. Alicia Hall Moran sings like an angel, especially in I Loves You, Porgyand Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life delivers a juicy It Ain’t Necessarily So. This ‘Porgy’ emerges as a moving tribute to the genius of the original.”
The cast features NATHANIEL STAMPLEY as Porgy, ALICIA HALL MORAN as Bess, ALVIN CRAWFORD as Crown, KINGSLEY LEGGS as Sporting Life, SUMAYYA ALI as Clara, DENISHA BALLEW as Serena, DANIELLE LEE GREAVES as Mariah and DAVID HUGHEY as Jake.
The cast also includes 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 and SOARA-JOYE ROSS.
The tour will travel to over 20 cities in its first season, including:
THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS 2013-2014 Touring Route
San Francisco, CA 11/10/13 – 12/8/13 The Golden Gate Theatre
Dallas, TX 12/10/13 – 12/22/13 Winspear Opera House
Washington, DC 12/25/13-12/29/13 The National Theatre
West Palm Beach, FL 1/7/14 – 1/12/14 Kravis Center for the Perf. Arts
Tampa, FL 1/14/14 – 1/19/14 Straz Center for the Perf. Arts
Naples, FL 1/21/14-1/26/14 Artis—Naples
Greenville, SC 1/28/14 – 2/2/14 The Peace Center
Cleveland, OH 2/4/14 – 2/16/14 PlayhouseSquare
Philadelphia, PA 2/18/14 – 2/23/14 Academy of Music
Pittsburgh, PA 2/25/14 – 3/2/14 Benedum Center
Detroit, MI 3/4/14 – 3/9/14 The Opera House
Buffalo, NY 3/11/14 – 3/16/14 Shea’s Performing Arts Center
East Lansing, MI 3/18/14 – 3/23/14 Wharton Center
St. Paul, MN 3/25/14 – 3/30/14 Ordway Center
Des Moines, IA 4/1/14 – 4/6/14 Des Moines Civic Center
Las Vegas, NV 4/15/14 – 4/20/14 The Smith Center
Los Angeles, CA 4/22/14 – 6/1/14 Ahmanson Theatre
Tempe, AZ 6/3/14 – 6/8/14 ASU Gammage
Seattle, WA 6/11/14 – 6/29/14 The 5th Avenue Theatre
St. Louis, MO 7/8/14 – 7/13/14 The Muny
Charlotte, NC 7/15/14 – 7/20/14 The Belk Theatre
THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS by GEORGE GERSHWIN, DUBOSE and DOROTHY HEYWARD, and IRA GERSHWIN, features 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). The creative team also includes choreographer RONALD K. BROWN, set designer RICCARDO HERNANDEZ, costume designer ESOSA, lighting designer CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND, sound designer ACME SOUND PARTNERS, music supervisor CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOUS, and music director/conductor DALE RIELING.
Based on DuBose Heyward’s novel “Porgy” and the play of the same name, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward, the Broadway revival of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS is a stunning and stirring new staging with a magnificent 23-piece orchestra, including such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” The classic story 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.
Before presenting the world premiere production of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS during its 2011/12 season the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University first produced the groundbreaking immersive theater event Sleep No More in an empty school in Brookline, MA and developed Once the Musical in its club theater venue OBERON. This past season the A.R.T. went on to mount the world premiere engagements of the 2013 Tony Award®-winning revival of Pippin and the critically acclaimed, upcoming Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie starring Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith. Following its sold-out engagement at A.R.T., THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS moved to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway for a limited engagement with an official opening on January 12, 2012. After extending the show twice, THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS closed on September 23, 2012 after 322 performances, making it the longest running production of PORGY AND BESS to ever play Broadway. The 2012 Broadway Cast Recording of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS is now available on PS Classics.
PORGY AND BESS first premiered at the Colonial Theatre in Boston on September 30, 1935. Broadway performances followed featuring a cast of classically trained African-American singers — a daring and visionary artistic choice at the time. This new adaptation of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS was specifically created for Broadway and features a revised book in a musical theatre format and jazz-oriented musical arrangements.
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For more information or to purchase the 2012 Broadway Cast Recording, visit http://www.psclassics.com/