Stars Norm Lewis (Porgy) and Audra McDonald (Bess) join director Diane Paulus to discuss the evolution and the current adaptation of Porgy and Bess. Going back to the original novel "Porgy" by DuBose Heyward (and the subsequent play, co-authored by his wife Dorothy) co-adapter Suzan-Lori Parks — the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama — sought to polish and clarify the characters and story arcs. With reverence for story and score, the cast and creatives approach the production as a new work that will bring the classic Gershwin jazz opera to a new generation of theatre and opera fans. For a musical preview of the show, click here.
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