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Friday, January 20, 2012

Porgy and Bess

Saw this on Broadway recently.

The Gershwins wrote this as an opera in the 1930's and it became embedded in our culture. Everyone has some familiarity with the music. . .  Who hasn't heard "Summertime"?

I'd never seen a production of "Porgy", never saw the movie, so I had no preconceived ideas.

The current production has been cut down -- instead of 3 acts taking 4 hours, it's done in 2 acts taking just under 2 1/2 hours, with some dialogue added, to make it more Broadway-friendly. There are a few changes/updates/modernizations.

Audra McDonald was wonderful as Bess, Norm Lewis as Porgy and David Alan Grier as Sporting Life.
Amazing cast.  Amazing show.

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