Posts Tagged ‘porgy and bess’

The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, Reviewed

The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess—which is to say, the 2011 opera-into-musical re-engineering by the playwright of Top Dog/Underdog and others—may indeed be a bastardization of a towering American classic, like Stephen Sondheim said it is, but I wouldn’t know. This Tony-winning gloss on the Gershwins’ (and the less famous Heywards) groundbreaking 1935 opera about life [...]

ToDo ToDay: Porgy and Bess, Stand-Up Comedy, and Cotton Candy

The return of Porgy and Bess to the National Theatre means much more than rousing dance numbers: It was the first musical performed for a desegregated audience at the gilded Pennsylvania Avenue NW venue. This tour stop of the much-updated Porgy and Bess, which snagged the 2012 Tony for Best Revival, is unlikely to reach similar heights of [...]

Reviewed: Porgy and Bess at the Washington National Opera

Porgy and Bess
By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
Directed by Francesca Zambello
Conducted by John Mauceri
Presented by the Washington National Opera
At the KenCen to April 3
The WNO is lobbying hard to reveal Porgy and Bess as something more than a repository for “Summertime,” and judging by the ratio of butts to seats last [...]

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