Behind the Scenes of ART's Reimagined Production of Porgy and Bess (Video)

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23 Aug 2011

American Repertory Theater's Broadway-bound Porgy and Bess began performances in Cambridge, MA, Aug. 17. The reimagined production, which converts the opera to a musical, with more focus on the story, stars four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class) and Norm Lewis.




Diane Paulus directs McDonald and Lewis, who play Bess and Porgy, respectively. Here, Paulus and the production's cast and creative team talk about the changes made to Porgy and Bess and how audience members will rediscover the classic work. The stars also offer a glimpse into their summer rehearsal process for the production, which is scheduled to run through Oct. 2 in Cambridge.

Lewis, McDonald and Tony nominee David Alan Grier, who plays Sportin' Life, are confirmed to repeat their performances in Porgy and Bess when the work arrives at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre Dec. 17, prior to an official opening Jan. 12, 2012.

According to A.R.T., "This classic American tale tells the story of the beautiful and troubled Bess, who turns to Porgy, the crippled beggar, in search of safety after her possessive lover Crown commits murder. As Porgy and Bess’s love grows, their future is threatened by Crown and the conniving Sportin' Life."

To check out the cast in rehearsals, look below: