Porgy and Bess

Opera - Revival

Radio City Music Hall

  • First Preview: March 19, 1983
  • Opening Date: April 7, 1983
  • Closing Date: May 15, 1983
  • Previews: 22
  • Performances: 45

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

Priscilla Baskerville Bess [Alternate]
Henrietta Elizabeth Davis Bess [Alternate]
Naomi Moody Bess [Alternate]
Daisy Newman Bess [Alternate]
Robert Mosley Porgy [Alternate]
Michael V. Smartt Porgy [Alternate]
Jonathan Sprague Porgy [Alternate]
James Tyeska Porgy [Alternate]
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Opening Night Production Credits

  DuBose Heyward Book
  Dorothy Heyward Book
  DuBose Heyward Libretto
George Gershwin George Gershwin Music
Ira Gershwin Ira Gershwin Lyrics
  DuBose Heyward Lyrics
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1983 Actor in a Musical Michael V. Smartt Nominee
1983 Choreography George Faison Nominee
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