The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess National Tour



About The Show

Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin| 
Directed by Diane Paulus
Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes, one intermission

Cast & Creative Team


DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin (Lyrics)
George Gershwin (Music)
Diane Paulus(Director)
Bob Crowley (Scenic Design)
Bob Crowley (Costume Design)
Natasha Katz (Lighting Design)

SUMAYYA ALI (Clara)
DAVID HUGHEY (Jake)
DANIELLE LEE GREAVES (Mariah)
Life KINGSLEY LEGGS (Sporting)
KENT OVERSHOWN (Mingo, the Undertaker)
DENISHA BALLEW (Serena)
JAMES EARL JONES II (Robbins)
NATHANIEL STAMPLEY (Porgy)
ALVIN CRAWFORD (Crown)
ALICIA HALL MORAN (Bess)
DAN BARNHILL (Detective)
FRED ROSE (Policeman)
SARITA RACHELLE LILLY (The Strawberry Women)
CHAUNCEY PACKER (Peter, the Honey Man)
DWELVAN DAVID (The Crab Man)
ROOSEVELT ANDRÉ CREDIT, NKRUMAH GATLING, TAMAR GREENE (Fisherman)
ADRIANNA M. CLEVELAND, CICILY DANIELS,NICOLE ADELL JOHNSON, SOARA-JOYE ROSS (Women of Catfish Row)

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is coming to a town near you on its North American National Tour in a stunning and stirring new staging, featuring such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

The classic story by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward 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 crippled but 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.

Following its sold-out world premiere engagement at Boston’s American Repertory Theater and Tony-Award winning run on Broadway, one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony Award-winning director DIANE PAULUS (Pippin), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright SUZAN-LORI PARKS (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer DIEDRE L. MURRAY (Running Man), now brings George and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork to the stage near you!