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22 Nov. 2013

Porgy and Bess, alluring!


Porgy and Bess 2Country boy meets city girl but girl already has a man.

Alicia Hall Moran as "Bess" and Nathaniel Stampley as "Porgy"

Alicia Hall Moran as “Bess” and Nathaniel Stampley as “Porgy”

Boy is lonely and no match for girl’s man.

Man does girl wrong, boy rescues girl, new love and a better life begin.

Time passes, girl tempted by man, succumbs to man’s evil, throbbing allure.

Man is murdered; boy is blamed, as he should be.

Community rallies around boy pleading for boy to forget girl, she’s no good.

To no avail, boy has tasted girl’s honey; been stung, now sprung.

Girl too weak to fight, the call of sin beckons, she flees for big city.

Boy’s life lacks meaning, no girl.

He too flees comfort of community, must have girl’s forbidden fruit.

 

Porgy and Bess 3The fabled romantic entanglement on Catfish Row, better known as The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, is the winsome and wistful tale of love, lust and larceny. Winner of the 2012 Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival, the launch of its national production is playing, accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra, now through December 8, SHN Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St. (at 6th & Market), San Francisco, CA.

For more information: https://www.shnsf.com/online/porgy

The cast includes ALICIA HALL MORAN as Bess and NATHANIEL STAMPLEY as Porgy,  ALVIN CRAWFORD as Crown, KINGSLEY LEGGS as Sporting Life, SUMAYYA ALI as Clara, DENISHA BALLEW as Serena, DANIELLE LEE GREAVES as Mariah, and DAVID HUGHEY as JakeDAN BARNHILL, VANJAH BOIKAI, ADRIANNA M. CLEVELAND, ROOSEVELT ANDRÉ CREDIT, CICILY Porgy and Bess 5DAINELS, DWELVAN DAVID, NKRUMAH GATLING, TAMAR GREENE, NICOLE ADELL JOHNSON, JAMES EARL JONES II, QUENTIN OLIVER LEE, CHERYSE McLEOD LEWIS, SARITA RACHELLE LILLY, KENT OVERSHOWN, CHAUNCEY PACKER, LINDSAY ROBERTS, FRED ROSE, and SOARA-JOYE ROSS.

“Every so often a project comes along that is so astonishing that one has to drop everything and just say I’m going to do it.  That’s what I felt when I was asked to do The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” said Tony Award®-winning director DIANE PAULUS.  “The epic sweep of the story, the immense history of the musical itself and the unforgettable Gershwin score, highlighted by ‘Summertime,’ ‘I Got Plenty of Nothing’ and ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ make this unquestionably one of the greatest American masterpieces.”

Porgy and Bess 4PORGY AND BESS first premiered at the Colonial Theatre in Boston on September 30, 1935. Broadway performances followed featuring a cast of classically trained African-American singers — a daring and visionary artistic choice at the time. This new adaptation of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS was specifically created for Broadway and features a revised book in a musical theater format and jazz-oriented musical arrangements.

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