Porgy and Bess Begin Singing at the St. Louis Muny Tonight

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07 Jul 2014

Alicia Hall Moran
Alicia Hall Moran

The national tour of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess plays the St. Louis Muny July 7-13.

The cast is headed by Alicia Hall Moran as Bess, Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy, Alvin Crawford as Crown, Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life, Sumayya Ali as Clara, Denisha Ballew as Serena, Danielle Lee Greaves as Mariah and David Hughey as Jake.

The company also includes Dan Barnhill, Vanjah Boikai, Adrianna M. Cleveland, Roosevelt André Credit, Cicily Daniels, Dwelvan David, Nkrumah Gatling, Tamar Greene, Nicole Adell Johnson, James Earl Jones II, Quentin Oliver Lee, Cheryse Mcleod Lewis, Sarita Rachelle Lilly, Kent Overshown, Chauncey Packer, Lindsay Roberts, Fred Rose and Soara-Joye Ross.

The classic musical was penned by George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin. The creative team includes Tony-winning director Diane Paulus, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and Obie Award-winning Diedre L. Murray as well as choreographer Ronald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer Esosa, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, sound designer Acme Sound Partners, wig, hair and makeup designers J. Jared Janas and Rob Greene, music supervisor Constantine Kitsopoulous, orchestrators William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke and music director/conductor Dale Rieling.

The touring set, lighting and sound designs have been adapted for The Muny stage by set designer Robert Mark Morgan, lighting designer Rob Denton and sound designer Jason Krueger with video designs by Nathan Scheuer.



Based on DuBose Heyward's novel "Porgy" and the play of the same name, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward, the Broadway revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, according to press notes, 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 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."

Ticket prices range from $14-$85 and are available at the The Muny Box Office in Forest Park, by visiting muny.org, or by calling (314) 534-1111.