From Spider-Man to Leap of Faith, A Look at the 2011-12 Broadway Season: The Musicals

By Playbill Staff
09 Mar 2012

Show: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Theatre: Richard Rodgers Theatre
Preview: Dec. 17, 2011
Opening: Jan. 12, 2012
Closing: Sept. 30, 2012
Creators: Music by George Gershwin. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heryward. Libretto by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward. Directed and reconceived by Diane Paulus.
Original Principal Cast: Audra McDonald as Bess, Norm Lewis as Porgy, David Alan Grier as Sporting Life, Philip Boykin as Crown, Nikki Renée Daniels as Clara, Joshua Henry as Jake and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mariah.
Synopsis: According to the producers, Porgy and Bess "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."

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