Audra McDonald earned her fifth Tony Award for creating the role of Bess in the streamlined production the Gershwin opera, which received new focus from director Diane Paulus, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and musical adaptor Diedre Murray. It opened on Broadway Jan. 12 and is playing an extended engagement through Sept. 30.
Moran, who has performed during McDonald's absences, will now play Bess at the 8 PM Wednesday performances of Porgy and Bess, according to the playing schedule on the official website for the production. Porgy and Bess marks Moran's Broadway debut.
Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis (Side Show, Les Miserables) stars as Porgy in a cast that also features Tony nominee David Alan Grier (The First, Race, Dreamgirls) as Sportin' Life, Tony nominee Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot) as Jake, 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.
Porgy and Bess has music by George Gershwin, lyrics by his brother Ira and a book and additional lyrics by DuBose Heyward. It is based on the play Porgy, by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward.
The work includes such songs as "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," "I Loves You, Porgy," "My Man's Gone Now," "There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York," "Summertime," "I Got Plenty o' Nothin'" and "It Ain't Necessarily So."
For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com. The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located at 226 West 46th Street.