Porgy and Bess

Opera - Revival

Ziegfeld Theatre

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  • Opening Date: March 10, 1953
  • Closing Date: November 28, 1953
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 305

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

Joseph Attles Ensemble
Catherine Ayers Annie
Irving Barnes Porgy
Jacqueline Barnes Child
Lawson Bates Ensemble
James Hawthorne Bey Ensemble
Rhoda Boggs Ensemble
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Opening Night Production Credits

  DuBose Heyward Libretto
George Gershwin George Gershwin Music
Ira Gershwin Ira Gershwin Lyrics
  DuBose Heyward Lyrics
  Robert Breen Director
  Wolfgang Roth Scenic Design
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