Plenty of Audra! 2012 Tony Winner Audra McDonald Plays Eight-Show Week in Porgy and Bess Starting Aug. 28

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23 Aug 2012

Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis
Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis
Photo by Michael J. Lutch

Audra McDonald will return to an eight-performance schedule in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess beginning Aug. 28, producers of the Tony Award-winning Best Revival announced.

The five-time Tony Award winner, who snagged the 2012 Best Actress Musical Tony for playing troubled Bess, had previously been on a schedule of seven performances per week, not performing the Wednesday evening shows.

As previously announced, the revival will conclude its limited engagement at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street) on Sept. 23.

Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 250-2929.

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Porgy and Bess stars Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Sondheim on Sondheim) as Porgy and three-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (Race, "In Living Color") as Sporting Life. The cast also includes Tony nominee Phillip Boykin as Crown, Nikki Renée Daniels as Clara, Joshua Henry as Jake, Christopher Innvar as Detective, Bryonha Marie Parham as Serena and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mariah, as well as Sumayya Ali, Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt André Credit, Trevon Davis, Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson III, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Gavin Gregory, Heather Hill, David Hughey, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Alicia Hall Moran, Cedric Neal, Phumzile Sojola, Nathaniel Stampley, Julius Thomas III, J.D. Webster and Lisa Nicole Wilkerson.

The creative team includes Diane Paulus (Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man). They reinvent the onetime "folk opera" from 1935 as a musical that still captures the heart, soul, music and juicy story first created by DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward, George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.

Visit porgyandbessonbroadway.com for more information.