Porgy and Bess

Opera - Original

Alvin Theatre

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  • Opening Date: October 10, 1935
  • Closing Date: January 25, 1936
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 124

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
George Gershwin George Gershwin Music
Ira Gershwin Ira Gershwin Lyrics
  DuBose Heyward Lyrics
  Rouben Mamoulian Staging
  Sergei Soudeikine Scenic Design
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