Playbill Poll: Our Readers' Wishlist for Live Musicals on TV
15 Dec 2013
Tracey Maine Clark: Porgy and Bess
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. A recent Broadway revival, which shortened the four-hour opera into a two-and-a-half-hour presentation, won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis starred.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.