Porgy and Bess

Opera - Revival

44th Street Theatre

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  • Opening Date: September 13, 1943
  • Closing Date: October 2, 1943
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 24

Lyrics: Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward

Music: George Gershwin

Libretto: DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward


George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward's operatic adaptation of Heyward's play Porgy follows the lives of the inhabitants of Catfish Row, an African-American section of Charleston, South Carolina, including the crippled Porgy, his beloved Bess, who is under the thrall of the dangerous Crown, and the sinewy drug dealer Sportin' Life.


Opening Night Cast

Todd Duncan Porgy
Etta Moten Bess
Catherine Ayers Lily
Strawberry Woman
Richard Bowler Detective
Warren Coleman Crown
Charles Colman Nelson
Don Darcy Coroner
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Opening Night Production Credits

George Gershwin George Gershwin Music
  Eva Jessye Musical Director
  Robert Ross Staging
  Herbert Andrews Scenic Design
  Paul Du Pont Costume Design
  Cheryl Crawford Producer
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