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Porgy and Bess   

Radio City Music Hall , (4/07/1983 - 5/15/1983)
First Preview:Mar 19, 1983 Total Previews:22
Opening Date:Apr 07, 1983   
Closing Date:May 15, 1983 Total Performances:45

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

Production Staff [See More]
Produced by Radio City Music Hall Productions (Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer) and Sherwin M. Goldman Productions; Produced by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.; Associate Producer: Virginia Hymes
Music by George Gershwin; Libretto by DuBose Heyward; Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin; Founded on the play "Porgy" by Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward; Musical Director: C. William Harwood
Directed by Jack O'Brien; Choreographed by George Faison; Assistant Director: Helaine Head
Scenic Design by Douglas W. Schmidt; Costume Design by Nancy Potts; Lighting Design by Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr.
General Manager: Mario De Maria; Company Manager: Herbert Scholder
Production Supervisor: Helaine Head; Production Stage Manager: John Actman
Associate Conductor: John Miner; Assistant Conductor: Edward Strauss; Music Preparation: George Darden
General Press Representative: Gifford / Wallace, Inc.
Loretta Abbott Ensemble
Timothy Allen Mingo
The Undertaker
Shirley Baines Serena Alternate
Earl L. Baker Ensemble
Gregg Baker Crown Alternate
Priscilla Baskerville Clara Alternate
Bess Alternate
Emerson Battles Ensemble
Raymond H. Bazemore Frazier
Shirley Black-Brown Ensemble
Roslyn Burrough Ensemble
Vertrelle Cameron Ensemble
Seraiah Carol Ensemble
Duane Clenton Carter Ensemble
Dabriah Chapman Ensemble
Louise Coleman Ensemble
Henrietta Elizabeth Davis Bess Alternate
Janice D. Dixon Ensemble
Diallobe Dorsey Ensemble
Cisco Xavier Drayton Ensemble
Alberta M. Driver Ensemble
Richert Easley Coroner
Joseph S. Eubanks Undertaker
Karen E. Eubanks Ensemble
Lori Eubanks Ensemble
Beno Foster Ensemble
Luvenia Garner Clara Alternate
Jerry Godfrey Ensemble
Earl Grandison Ensemble
Milton B. Grayson, Jr. Ensemble
Elvira Green Ensemble
Lawrence Hamilton Ensemble
Gurcell Henry Ensemble
Angela Holcomb Ensemble
Lisa D. Holkmann Ensemble
Loretta Holkmann Maria Alternate
Janice T. Hutson Ensemble
David-Michael Johnson Ensemble
Leavata Johnson Ensemble
Tyrone Jolivet Robbins
Dorothy L. Jones Ensemble
Donald Walter Kase Jim
Robert Kryser Ensemble
Roberta Alexandra Laws Ensemble
Eugene Little Ensemble
Jason Little Ensemble
Ann Marie Mackey Ensemble
Barbara Mahajan Ensemble
Amelia Marshall Ensemble
Larry Marshall Sportin' Life
Richard Mason Ensemble
Y. Yvonne Matthews Lily
Regina McConnell Serena Alternate
Everett McCorvey Nelson
John McDaniels Ensemble
George Robert Merritt Crown Alternate
William Moize Policeman
Naomi Moody Bess Alternate
Robert Mosley Jr. Porgy Alternate
Daisy Newman Bess Alternate
Byron Onque Ensemble
H. William Penn Ensemble
Marenda Perry Ensemble
Lou Ann Pickett Annie
Akili Prince Scipio
Herbert Lee Rawlings, Jr. Ensemble
Roumel Reaux Ensemble
Noelle Richards Ensemble
David Robertson Ensemble
Lattilia Ronrico Ensemble
Renee L. Rose Ensemble
Myles Gregory Savage Ensemble
Wilma A. Shakesnider Serena Alternate
Sheryl Shell Ensemble
Kiki Shepard Ensemble
Gwendolyn Shepherd Maria Alternate
Alexander Smalls Jake Alternate
Michael V. Smartt Porgy Alternate
Jonathan Sprague Porgy Alternate
Larry Storch Detective
Edward Strauss Jasbo Brown
Kevin L. Stroman Ensemble
Charee Adia Thorpes Ensemble
James Tyeska Jake Alternate
Porgy Alternate
Veronica Tyler Serena Alternate
Mervin Bertel Wallace Peter
The Honey Man
Pamela Warrick-Smith Ensemble
Cornelius White Ensemble
Rodney Wing Ensemble
Tarik Winston Ensemble
Denice Woods Strawberry Woman
Thomas J. Young Crab Man
Understudies: Duane Clenton Carter (Crown, Porgy), Richert Easley (Detective), Beno Foster (Peter), Earl Grandison (Frazier), Elvira Green (Maria), Gurcell Henry (Clara), David-Michael Johnson (Mingo), Leavata Johnson (Annie), Donald Walter Kase (Jake), Y. Yvonne Matthews (Strawberry Woman), John McDaniels (Robbins), William Moize (Nelson), Byron Onque (Jim), Herbert Lee Rawlings, Jr. (Sportin' Life), Myles Gregory Savage (Crab Man), Sheryl Shell (Lily) and Rodney Wing (Jake)
Tony Award®
 1983 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Michael V. Smartt
 1983 Best Choreography [nominee]
George Faison
music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1Sung By
Brown Blues
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Summertime Clara
A Woman Is a Sometime Thing Jake and Men
Here Come de Honey Man
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Peter (The Honey Man)
They Pass By Singing Porgy
Oh Little Stars
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Gone, Gone, Gone Ensemble
Overflow Ensemble
My Man's Gone Now Serena
Leavin' for the Promise' Lan'
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Bess and Ensemble
It Takes a Long Pull to Get There
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Jake and Men
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' Porgy and Ensemble
Struttin' Style
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Buzzard Song
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Porgy and Ensemble
Bess, You Is My Woman Now Porgy and Bess
Oh I Can't Sit Down Ensemble
I Ain't Got No Shame Ensemble
It Ain't Necessarily So Sportin' Life and Ensemble
What You Want Wid Bess
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Bess and Crown
ACT 2Sung By
Oh, Doctor Jesus Serena, Maria, Peter (The Honey Man), Lily and Porgy
I Loves You, Porgy Porgy and Bess
Oh, He'venly Father
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
Oh de Lawd Shake de Heaven Ensemble
Oh, Dere's Somebody Knockin' at de Do'
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
A Red Headed Woman Crown and Ensemble
Clara, Clara
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward)
There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York Sportin' 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