THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS - Show Poster

THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS

June 3-8, 2014

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2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

See what Time Magazine exclaims is, “A don’t miss theatre event!  The #1 Broadway musical of the year.”  Winner of the 2012 TONY AWARD® FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is hitting the road with award-winning members of the Broadway cast in this stunning and stirring new staging. Accompanied by a lush 23-piece orchestra, this re-envisioned Broadway production includes such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.

Praised by the New Yorker as, “A great achievement!” and hailed by the Associated Press as, “a Gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece,” The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is coming to you from its record-breaking engagements at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre.   One of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony Award® -winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), have re-imagined George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork specifically for the musical theatre, what USA Today calls “a canny and exuberant re-affirmation of the original’s enduring brilliance.”

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Sign Language Interpretation: Sign Language interpreters enable patrons who are deaf to perceive spoken theatrical content. This service is available for the Saturday matinee performance of THE GERSHWIN’S PORGY AND BESS. For more information 480.965.3434.


What is the Story of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS?
Set in the 1930s in an African-American Charleston neighborhood known as Catfish Row, THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS centers on the tragic love story of the beggar Porgy and beautiful Bess, who longs to turn away from her former life as a prostitute and cocaine addict. After a murder, Bess’s abusive partner Crown flees, leaving her at the mercy of a disapproving community and tempted by the seductive drug dealer Sporting Life. Bess strikes up an unlikely relationship with Porgy and gradually finds acceptance on Catfish Row until a hurricane and the return of Crown change everyone’s lives forever. 

What Is THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS Like?
As beautiful and balmy as a summer day in the South, THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS is a lush new musical theater staging of the Gershwin opera. The show has been adapted to include more dialogue, big dance numbers and a shorter running time. It still features the classic tunes “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty of Nothing” and “It Aint Necessarily So.”  

Is THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS Good for Kids?
This against-all-odds love story includes plotlines centering on drug abuse, prostitution and death, including two onstage murders. PORGY AND BESS is best for teens and adults. 

ASU Gammage acknowledges the generous support of our season sponsors.