A COVER STORY: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess | Playbill

News A COVER STORY: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
The Broadway revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, starring four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, begins previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre Dec. 17.

The cast will be led by McDonald (Ragtime, Marie Christine, Master Class) as Bess and Norm Lewis (Sondheim on Sondheim, Side Show, Les Miserables) as Porgy. Also cast is Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier (The First, Race, Dreamgirls) as Sportin' Life. All three actors originated the roles at the American Repertory Theater premiere last summer.

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.

Tony Award-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair) helms the production which has adaptation and additional scenes by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog, Book of Grace) and musical adaptation by Pulitzer Prize nominee Diedre Murray (Running Man).

The revised staging of the four-hour folk opera has been contoured into a two-and-a-half-hour production. It is now billed as a musical.

For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com. The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located at 226 West 46th Street.

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