Bryonha Parham to Sing "My Man's Gone Now" in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess on Broadway

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Bryonha Parham will lament "My Man's Gone Now" in the Broadway revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, representatives for the actress have confirmed.

Bryonha Parham
Bryonha Parham

Parham originated the role of Serena (who performs "My Man's Gone Now," and "Oh, Doctor Jesus") in the newly revised take on the classic opera, which debuted in a streamlined production at the American Repertory Theater last summer.

Last seen in the Broadway revival of Ragtime, Parham will reunite with much of the A.R.T. cast, who are expected to return for the Broadway engagement.

Producers are currently only seeking swings for the Broadway engagement, which begins Dec. 17 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

At this time, representatives for Porgy and Bess have only announced the Broadway casting of four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, Marie Christine, Master Class) as Bess, Norm Lewis (Sondheim on Sondheim, Side Show, Les Miserables) as Porgy and Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier (The First, Race, Dreamgirls) as Sportin' Life.

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess will officially open Jan. 12, 2012. It is presented as a limited engagement through June 24, 2012. The cast is also expected to feature Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot) as Jake, Phillip Boykin as Crown, 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.

The A.R.T. ensemble included Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt Andre Credit, Trevon Davis, Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson, Alicia Hall Moran, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Lisa Nicole Wilkerson and Christopher Innvar.

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).

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 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.

The creative team includes choreographer Ronald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer Emilio Sosa and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Christopher Akerlind. Acme Sound Partners will design sound. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke, with music supervision by David Loud.

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

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