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About the Show

Based on the play "Porgy" by Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward.

Story: Bess, beautiful and troubled, turns to Porgy, the crippled beggar, in search of safety after her possessive lover Crown commits murder.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer: George Gershwin
Lyricist: Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward
Librettist: DuBose Heyward

Broadway Premiere
Theatre: Alvin Theatre
Opening Night: Oct 10, 1935
Total Performances: 124
Original Cast: Anne Wiggins Brown, Duncan, John W. Bubbles, Ruby Elzy, Olive Ball, Ford L. Buck, Alexander Campbell, George Carleton, Jack Carr, Warren Coleman, Henry Davis, Helen Dowdy, John Garth, Georgette Harvey, The Eva Jessye Choir, J. Rosamond Johnson, George Lessey, Edward Matthews, Burton McEvilly, Abbie Mitchell, Gus Simons, Harold Woolf, Ray Yeates
Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Producer: The Theatre Guild
Conductor: Alexander Smallens
Scenic Design: Sergei Soudeikine


1942 Broadway Revival
Theatre: Majestic Theatre
Opening Night: Jan 22, 1942
Total Performances: 286
Original Cast: Anne Brown, Todd Duncan, Catherine Ayers, William Bowers, Jack Carr, Osbert Chevers, Warren Coleman, Henry Davis, Helen Dowdy, Paul Du Pont, Robert Ecton, Ruby Elzy, John Garth, Georgette Harvey, Harriet Jackson, Jacqueline Jennings, The Eva Jessye Choir, J. Rosamond Johnson, Naida King, Rosalie King, Avon Long, Edward Matthews, Harvey McGill, Gibbs Penrose, William Richardson, Robert Tucker, Jimmy Waters, Al West, Granville Williams, Lorraine Williams, William Woolfolk
Director: Robert Ross
Producer: Cheryl Crawford
Conductor: Alexander Smallens
Scenic Design: Herbert Andrews
Costume Design: Paul Du Pont


1943 Broadway Revival
Theatre: 44th Street Theatre
Opening Night: Sep 13, 1943
Total Performances: 24
Original Cast: Etta Moten, Todd Duncan, Roger Aeford, Ruthetta Anderson, Catherine Ayers, Richard Bowler, Charles Coleman, Warren Coleman, Charles Colman, Don Darcy, Henry Davis, Harold Desverney, John Diggs, Virginia Girvin, Gladys Goode, Leslie Gray, Georgette Harvey, Louisa Howard, Alma Hubbard, Harriet Jackson, Kenneth Konopka, Jerry Laws, Avon Long, Assota Marshall, Edward Matthews, Sadie McGill, Coral McMahan, Coyal McMahon, William O'Neal, George Randol, Douglas Rice, Patricia Rice, Eulabel Riley, Annabelle Ross, Velda Shelton, Zelda Shelton, William C. Smith, Kenneth Tucker, Robert Tucker, Thomas Tucker, Edward Lee Tyler, Eloise Uggams, Charles Welch, Musa Williams
Director: Robert Ross
Producer: Cheryl Crawford
Musical Director: Eva Jessye
Scenic Design: Herbert Andrews
Costume Design: Paul Du Pont


1944 Broadway Revival
Theatre: City Center
Opening Night: Feb 7, 1944
Total Performances: 64
Original Cast: Etta Moten, William Franklin, Roger Alford, Ruthetta Anderson, Catherine Ayres, Olive Ball, Richard Bowler, Frances Brock, Warren Coleman, Charles Colman, Don Darcy, Henry Davis, Harold Desverney, John Diggs, Gladys Goode, Leslie Gray, Georgette Harvey, Louisa Howard, Alma Hubbard, Harriet Jackson, Kenneth Konopka, Jerry Laws, Avon Long, Assota Marshall, Edward Matthews, Sadie McGill, Coyal McMahon, William O'Neal, George Randol, Douglas Rice, Patricia Rice, Eulabel Riley, Annabelle Ross, Zelda Shelton, William C. Smith, Kenneth Tucker, Robert Tucker, Thomas Tucker, Eloise Uggams, Charles Welch, Musa Williams
Director: Robert Ross
Producer: Cheryl Crawford and John J. Wildberg
Scenic Design: Herbert Andrews
Costume Design: Paul Du Pont


1953 Broadway Revival
Theatre: Ziegfeld Theatre
Opening Night: Mar 10, 1953
Total Performances: 305
Original Cast: Urylee Leonardos, Leontyne Price, Irving Barnes, LeVern Hutcherson, Joseph Attles, Catherine Ayers, Jacqueline Barnes, Lawson Bates, James Hawthorne Bey, Rhoda Boggs, Walter P. Brown, Georgia Burke, Miriam Burton, Sibol Cain, Cab Calloway, Elsie Clark, Helen Colbert, Charles Colman, Clarice Crawford, Joseph Crawford, Willis Daily, Hugh Dilworth, Helen Dowdy, Helen Ferguson, Elizabeth Foster, Doris Galiber, John Garth, Ruby Greene, Kenneth Hibbert, George A. Hill, Joseph James, Jebob, Sam Kasakoff, Moses La Marr, Jerry Laws, John McCurry, Joy McLean, Pauline Phelps, Edna Ricks, Walter Riemer, Howard Roberts, Anabelle Ross, George Royston Jr., George A. Royston, Sherman Sneed, Delores Swan, Helen Thigpen, Clyde Turner, Eloise C. Uggams, William Veasey, Barbara Ann Webb, Ray Yeates
Director: Robert Breen
Producer: Blevins Davis and Robert Breen
Musical Director: Alexander Smallens
Scenic Design: Wolfgang Roth
Costume Design: Jed Mace


1976 Broadway Revival
Theatre: Uris Theatre and Mark Hellinger Theatre
Opening Night: Sep 25, 1976
Total Performances: 122
Original Cast: Clamma Dale, Esther Hinds, Donnie Ray Albert, Abraham Lind-Oquendo, Steven Alex-Cole, John D. Anthony, Shirley Baines, Earl Baker, Kenneth Barry, Phyllis Bash, Kenneth Bates, Raymond Bazemore, Carol Brice, Barbara Buck, Alex Carrington, Curtis Dickson, Ella Eure, Wilhelmenia Fernandez, William Gammon, Elizabeth Graham, Earl Grandison, Kenneth Hamilton, Betty Harris, Loretta Holkmann, Delores Ivory-Davis, Alma Johnson, Cora Johnson, Betty D. Lane, Roberta Long, Hartwell Mace, Larry Marshall, Patricia McDermott, George Robert Merritt, Myra Merritt, Naomi Moody, Glover Parham, William Penn, Dwight Ransom, Ross Reimueller, Cornel Richie, John B. Ross, Rodrick Ross, Hansford Rowe, Wilma A. Shakesnider, Alexander B. Smalls, Andrew Smith, Bernard Thacker, Mervin Wallace, Barbara Ann Webb, Wardell Woodard, Denice Woods, Barbara L. Young
Director: Jack O'Brien
Choreographer: Mabel Robinson
Producer: Sherwin M. Goldman and The Houston Grand Opera
Musical Director and Chorus Master: John DeMain
Scenic Design: Robert Randolph (Additional scenic elements for Kittiwah Island designed by John Rothgeb)
Costume Design: Nancy Potts
Lighting Design: Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.


1983 Broadway Revival
Theatre: Radio City Music Hall
Opening Night: Apr 7, 1983
Total Performances: 45
Original Cast: Henrietta Elizabeth Davis, Priscilla Baskerville, Naomi Moody, Daisy Newman, Robert Mosley Jr., Michael V. Smartt, Jonathan Sprague, James Tyeska, Loretta Abbott, Timothy Allen, Shirley Baines, Earl L. Baker, Gregg Baker, Emerson Battles, Raymond H. Bazemore, Shirley Black-Brown, Roslyn Burrough, Vertrelle Cameron, Seraiah Carol, Duane Clenton Carter, Dabriah Chapman, Louise Coleman, Janice D. Dixon, Diallobe Dorsey, Cisco Xavier Drayton, Alberta M. Driver, Richert Easley, Joseph S. Eubanks, Karen E. Eubanks, Lori Eubanks, Beno Foster, Luvenia Garner, Jerry Godfrey, Earl Grandison, Milton B. Grayson, Jr., Elvira Green, Lawrence Hamilton, Gurcell Henry, Angela Holcomb, Lisa D. Holkmann, Loretta Holkmann, Janice T. Hutson, David-Michael Johnson, Leavata Johnson, Tyrone Jolivet, Dorothy L. Jones, Donald Walter Kase, Robert Kryser, Roberta Alexandra Laws, Eugene Little, Jason Little, Ann Marie Mackey, Barbara Mahajan, Amelia Marshall, Larry Marshall, Richard Mason, Y. Yvonne Matthews, Regina McConnell, Everett McCorvey, John McDaniels, George Robert Merritt, William Moize, Byron Onque, H. William Penn, Marenda Perry, Lou Ann Pickett, Akili Prince, Herbert Lee Rawlings, Jr., Roumel Reaux, Noelle Richards, David Robertson, Lattilia Ronrico, Renee L. Rose, Myles Gregory Savage, Wilma A. Shakesnider, Sheryl Shell, Kiki Shepard, Gwendolyn Shepherd, Alexander Smalls, Larry Storch, Edward Strauss, Kevin L. Stroman, Charee Adia Thorpes, Veronica Tyler, Mervin Bertel Wallace, Pamela Warrick-Smith, Cornelius White, Rodney Wing, Tarik Winston, Denice Woods, Thomas J. Young
Director: Jack O'Brien
Choreographer: George Faison
Producer: Radio City Music Hall Productions (Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer) and Sherwin M. Goldman Productions
Musical Director: C. William Harwood
Associate Conductor: John Miner
Scenic Design: Douglas W. Schmidt
Costume Design: Nancy Potts
Lighting Design: Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.


2012 Broadway Revival
Theatre: Richard Rodgers Theatre
Opening Night: Jan 12, 2012
Total Performances: 293
Original Cast: Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier, Phillip Boykin, Nikki Renee Daniels, Joshua Henry, Christopher Innvar, Bryonha Marie Parham, NaTasha Yvette Williams (Mariah) as well as Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt Andre Credit, Trevon Davis, Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson, Carmen Ruby Floyd, 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
Director: Diane Paulus
Choreographer: Ronald K. Brown
Producer: Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel in association with the American Repertory Theatre
Music Director and Conductor: Constantine Kitsopoulos
Orchestrations: William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke
Scenic Design: Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design: Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Sound Design: Acme Sound Partners and Cricket S. Myers
Reimagined by: Diane Paulus, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Diedre Murray

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