The Gershwins'

Porgy and Bess

Richard Rodgers Theatre

Previews Began: December 17, 2011

Opening Night: January 12, 2012

Closing Night: September 23, 2012

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Lyrics: George Gershwin

Diedre Murray

Lyrics: Ira Gershwin

Dorothy Heyward

DuBose Heyward

Libretto: DuBose Heyward

An operatic adaptation of Porgy that follows the lives of the inhabitants of Catfish Row, an African-American section of Charleston, South Carolina, including the crippled Porgy, his beloved Bess, who is under the thrall of the dangerous Crown, and the sinewy drug dealer Sportin’ Life.

Musical Numbers

Summertime………………………………………….Clara. Jake
A Woman Is a Sometime Thing………..Jake, Ensemble
Crap Game……………………………………………..Ensemble
Gone, Gone, Gone……………………………………Ensemble
My Man’s Gone Now……………………………………Serena
Leaving for the Promised Land………..Bess, Ensemble
It Takes a Long Pull…………………………Jake, Ensemble
I Got Plenty of Nothing………………………………….Porgy
I Hates Your Strutting Style…………………………Mariah
Bess, You Is My Woman Now………………..Porgy, Bess
Oh I Can’t Sit Down…………………………………Ensemble

It Ain’t Necessarily So Sporting Life………….Ensemble
What You Want With Bess?…………………Bess, Crown
Oh, Doctor Jesus…………………………Serena, Ensemble
Street Cries……………………Strawberry Woman, Peter,
                                                              The Crab Man
I Loves You, Porgy…………………………………Bess, Porgy
Oh, The Lord Shake the Heaven……………….Ensemble
A Red Headed Woman………………….Crown, Ensemble
Clara, Don’t You Be Downhearted…………….Ensemble
There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon……..Sporting Life
Where’s My Bess?…………………Porgy, Mariah, Serena
I’m On My Way……………………………..Porgy, Ensemble

CAST

David Alan Grier                                      Sporting Life
Norm Lewis                                                         Porgy
Audra McDonald                                                   Bess
Allison Blackwell                   A Woman of Catfish Row
Phillip Boykin                                                     Crown
Roosevelt André Credit                            A Fisherman
Nikki Renée Daniels                                             Clara
Trevon Davis                                             A Fisherman
Joseph Dellger                                              Policeman
Wilkie Ferguson                                       A Fisherman
Joshua Henry                                                         Jake
Heather Hill                          A Woman of Catfish Row
Christopher Innvar                                       Detective
Andrea Jones-Sojola                      Strawberry Woman
Alicia Hall Moran                  A Woman of Catfish Row
Cedric Neal                                           The Crab Man
Bryonha Marie Parham                                      Serena
Phumzile Sojola                                                    Peter
                                                            The Honey Man
Nathaniel Stampley                                          Robbins
J.D. Webster                                                       Mingo
                                                            The Undertaker
Lisa Nicole Wilkerson          A Woman of Catfish Row
NaTasha Yvette Williams                                  Mariah

Swings: Sumayya Ali, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Gavin Gregory, David Hughey, Julius Thomas III

Dan Barnhill                                                 Policeman
                                                9/18/12 – 9/23/12
Joseph Dellger                                               Detective
                                                9/18/12 – 9/23/12

Swing: Sarita Rachelle Lilly

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