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Porgy and Bess   

Uris Theatre, (9/25/1976 - 12/05/1976)
Mark Hellinger Theatre, (12/07/1976 - 1/09/1977)
First Preview: Sep 20, 1976 Total Previews: 7
Opening Date: Sep 25, 1976    
Closing Date: Jan 09, 1977 Total Performances: 122

Category: Musical, Opera, Revival, Broadway
Description: An American folk opera in three acts
Setting: Charleston, South Carolina. The early 1930s.

Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by James M. Nederlander, Joseph Nederlander and Gerard Oestreicher
Produced by Sherwin M. Goldman and The Houston Grand Opera; Produced by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
Music by George Gershwin; Libretto by DuBose Heyward; Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin; Founded on the play "Porgy" by DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward; Musical Director and Chorus Master: John DeMain
Directed by Jack O'Brien; Choreographed by Mabel Robinson; Assistant Director: Mabel Robinson and Helaine Head
Scenic Design by Robert Randolph; Costume Design by Nancy Potts; Lighting Design by Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.; Additional scenic elements for Kittiwah Island designed by John Rothgeb
General Manager: Robert A. Buckley; Company Manager: Bill Liberman
Production Stage Manager: Helaine Head; Stage Manager: Sally McCravey
Music Preparation: George Darden; Music Contractor: Mel Rodnon
Goat trained and handled by Dawn Animal Agency, Inc.; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner and Associates; Press Representative: Michael Alpert, Marilynn LeVine and Warren Knowlton
The Producers wish to express their gratitude for the assistance, advice and confidence of Milton Aborn, Ira Gershwin, Lenore Gershwin, Jennifer Heyward, Robert Kimball, Kay Swift and Mrs. Edgar Tobin
Donnie Ray AlbertPorgy
Steven Alex-ColeCrab Man
John D. AnthonyEnsemble
Shirley BainesAnnie
Earl BakerEnsemble
Kenneth BarryMr. Archdale
Phyllis BashStrawberry Woman
Kenneth BatesEnsemble
Raymond BazemoreFrazier
Carol BriceMaria
Barbara BuckEnsemble
Alex CarringtonScipio
Clamma DaleBess
Curtis DicksonJake
Ella EureEnsemble
Wilhelmenia FernandezEnsemble
William GammonPoliceman
Elizabeth GrahamEnsemble
Earl GrandisonEnsemble
Kenneth HamiltonEnsemble
Betty HarrisEnsemble
Esther HindsBess
Loretta HolkmannEnsemble
Delores Ivory-DavisSerena
Alma JohnsonEnsemble
Cora JohnsonEnsemble
Betty D. LaneClara
Abraham Lind-OquendoPorgy
Roberta LongEnsemble
Hartwell MaceJim
Larry MarshallSportin' Life
Patricia McDermottEnsemble
George Robert MerrittCrown
Myra MerrittLily
Naomi MoodyEnsemble
Robert MosleyPorgy
Irene OliverBess
Glover ParhamRobbins
William PennEnsemble
Dwight RansomEnsemble
Ross ReimuellerJasbo Brown
Cornel RichieUndertaker
John B. RossCoroner
Rodrick RossEnsemble
Hansford RoweDetective
Wilma A. ShakesniderSerena
Alexander B. SmallsEnsemble
Andrew SmithCrown
Bernard ThackerMingo
The Undertaker
Mervin WallacePeter
The Honey Man
Barbara Ann WebbEnsemble
Wardell WoodardEnsemble
Denice WoodsEnsemble
Barbara L. YoungEnsemble
Understudies: John D. Anthony (Crown), Shirley Baines (Serena), Phyllis Bash (Bess), Kenneth Bates (Peter), Barbara Buck (Lily, Strawberry Woman), William Gammon (Detective), Elizabeth Graham (Clara), Earl Grandison (Frazier, Undertaker), Kenneth Hamilton (Jake), Alma Johnson (Clara), Hartwell Mace (Porgy), Myra Merritt (Clara), William Penn (Jim), Dwight Ransom (Crab Man, Nelson), Rodrick Ross (Robbins), Alexander B. Smalls (Jake), Bernard Thacker (Sportin' Life), Barbara Ann Webb (Maria), Wardell Woodard (Mingo) and Barbara L. Young (Annie)
Tony Award®
 1977 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Clamma Dale
 1977 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Larry Marshall
 1977 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 
  Robert Randolph
 1977 Best Costume Design [nominee] 
  Nancy Potts
 1977 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 
  Jack O'Brien
winner 1977 Most Innovative Production of a Revival [winner] 
 Produced by Sherwin M. Goldman and The Houston Grand Opera
Drama Desk Award
 1977 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Sherwin M. Goldman and The Houston Grand Opera
winner 1977 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Clamma Dale
 1977 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Esther Hinds
 1977 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Larry Marshall
 1977 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Delores Ivory-Davis
 1977 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 
 Directed by Jack O'Brien
 1977 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 
  Nancy Potts
 1977 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 
  Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.
 1977 Outstanding Set Design [nominee] 
 Scenic Design by Robert Randolph
music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1 Sung By
A Woman Is a Sometime ThingJake and Men
Here Come de Honey Man
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Peter (The Honey Man)
They Pass By SingingPorgy
Oh Little Stars
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Gone, Gone, GoneEnsemble
My Man's Gone NowSerena
Leavin' fo' de Promis' LanBess and Ensemble
It Takes a Long PullJake and Men
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'Porgy and Ensemble
BuzzardPorgy and Ensemble
Bess, You Is My Woman NowPorgy and Bess
Oh I Can't Sit DownEnsemble
I Ain't Got No ShameEnsemble
It Ain't Necessarily SoSportin' Life and Ensemble
What You Want With Bess?Bess and Crown
ACT 2 Sung By
Oh, Doctor JesusSerena, Maria, Peter (The Honey Man), Lily and Porgy
I Loves You, PorgyPorgy and Bess
Oh, He'venly Father
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Oh de Lawd Shake de HeavenEnsemble
Oh, Dere's Somebody Knockin' at de Do'
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
A Red Headed WomanCrown and Ensemble
Clara, Clara
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New YorkSportin' Life and Bess
Good Mornin', Sistuh!
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Oh, Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Porgy, Serena and Maria
Oh Lawd, I'm on My Way
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Porgy and Ensemble