Porgy and Bess

Opera - Revival

City Center

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  • Opening Date: February 7, 1944
  • Closing Date: April 8, 1944
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  • Performances: 64

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

Catherine Ayres Lily
Strawberry Woman
Richard Bowler Detective
Warren Coleman Crown
Charles Colman Nelson
Don Darcy Coroner
Henry Davis Robbins
William Franklin Porgy
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Dorothy Heyward Book
  DuBose Heyward Book
George Gershwin George Gershwin Music
Ira Gershwin Ira Gershwin Lyrics
  DuBose Heyward Lyrics
  Robert Ross Staging
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