Based on the DuBose Heyward novel Porgy and Bess
tells the moving story of the cripple Porgy and the residents of Charleston's famed Catfish Row. Recognized as an American masterpiece, the story entwines pride, prejudice, pathos and passion through a jazz and blues influenced score. Porgy and Bess
introduced classic Gershwin songs like Summertime, I Got Plenty of Nuttin'
and It Ain't Necessarily So
, as well as magnificent and enthralling choruses that stunned music and drama critics alike at its premiere in 1935.Performers Eric Greene (Porgy), Nicole Cabell (Bess), Nmon Ford (Crown), Latonia Moore (Serena), Gweneth-Ann Rand (Serena) - Oct 27/31/Nov 10), Nadine Benjamin (Clara), Tichina Vaughn (Maria), Donovan Singletary (Jake), Frederick Ballentine (Sporting Life), Rheinaldt Tshepo Moagi (Mingo), Chaz'men Williams-Ali (Robbins/Crab Man), Byron Jackson (Frazier), Sarah-Jane Lewis (Annie), Nozuko Teto (Strawberry Woman), Njabulo Madlala (Jim), Whitaker Mills (Undertaker), Thando Mjandana (Nelson).
Author Dubose Heyward. Music Gershwin. Producer English National Opera. Producer Metropolitann Opera New York. Producer Dutch National Opera Amsterdam. Conductor John Wilson. Director James Robinson. Design Michael Yeargan. Costume Catherine Zuber. Lighting Donald Holder. Design Luke Halls (video). Choreographer Dianne McIntyre.