PHOTO SPECIAL: An Exclusive Look Inside The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess' Closing Night Bash

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02 Oct 2012

The Tony Award-winning revival of Porgy and Bess, starring five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Norm Lewis, ended its Broadway run Sept. 23. Playbill.com offers an exclusive look inside the company's closing night blowout held at the Jimmy Rooftop Bar in Soho.

Tony nominee Lewis (Sondheim on Sondheim, Side Show, Les Miserables) starred as the crippled beggar Porgy opposite five-time Tony Award winner McDonald (Ragtime, Marie Christine, Master Class) as Bess. They were joined by three-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (The First, Race, Dreamgirls) as Sportin' Life and Tony nominee Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot) as Jake.

Here's a look at cast and crew celebrating a successful run:

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Audra McDonald, cast and guests
Photo by Lisa Pacino


The cast also featured Nikki Renee Daniels as Clara, Phillip Boykin as Crown, Bryonha Marie Parham as Serena, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Maria, Cedric Neal as Frazier, J.D. Webster as Mingo, Heather Hill as Lily, Phumzile Sojola as Peter and Nathaniel Stampley as Robbins.

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."