Porgy and Bess

Opera - Revival

Majestic Theatre

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  • Opening Date: January 22, 1942
  • Closing Date: September 26, 1942
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 286

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 Production Credits

  DuBose Heyward Libretto
  Dorothy Heyward Founded on the Play "Porgy"
George Gershwin George Gershwin Music
  DuBose Heyward Founded on the Play "Porgy"
Ira Gershwin Ira Gershwin Lyrics
  DuBose Heyward Lyrics
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