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The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Members say: Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful

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A re-staging of the original opera, with a new book adapted by Susan Lori Parks, this production starring Audra McDonald, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards.

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Set in the 1930s in an African-American Charleston neighborhood known as Catfish Row, Porgy and Bess centers on the tragic love story of the cripple beggar Porgy and beautiful Bess, who longs to turn away from her former life as a prostitute and cocaine addict. After a murder, Bess’ abusive partner Crown flees, leaving her at the mercy of a disapproving community and tempted by the seductive drug dealer Sporting Life. Bess strikes up an unlikely relationship with Porgy and gradually finds acceptance on Catfish Row—until a hurricane and the return of Crown change everyone’s lives forever.



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100
Great acting, Riveting, Great singing

See it if you want to see an old show in a new light

Don't see it if you want to see a comedy

100
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You have prior knowledge of the show's plot and songs. Also if you love some of the hit songs and want to see performers at their best.

Don't see it if You don't like operas or have a hard time understanding something completely sung.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Profound

See it if you like AMAZING theatre and talent.

Don't see it if you don't love music

98
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like opera!

Don't see it if You don't like opera.

98
Exquisite, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Romantic

See it if You want a profound show with a complex and heart wrenching plot or if you want exceptionally amazing music, singing and acting.

Don't see it if You want a light and fluffy comedy or a dance show. You must be ready with tissues for a performance that is also very intellectual.

98
Exquisite, Great acting, Sublime

See it if you are looking for a beautifully told, yet ultimately tragic, tale of love in the face of horrible adversity. It is simply gorgeous!

Don't see it if you're looking for something light or upbeat.

97
Exquisite, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love glorious Gershwin music. This cast, especially Audra McDonald, were stupendous. A truly magical and unforgettable show.

Don't see it if you don't like classic musical theater.

95
Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Audra MacDonald & Norm Lewis, enjoy an amazing score.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of modern operettas,

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if If only to see the amazing Audra McDonald, as brilliant as always. The entire cast was masterful.

Don't see it if Seriously, you should see it.

91
Great acting, Powerful, Great singing

See it if you like classic musicals. The performances in this show were incredible.

Don't see it if you don't like Gershwin music or classic musicals.

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound, Riveting

See it if You want to enjoy a classic opera reset as a musical. It's powerfully dramatic, with intense performances.

Don't see it if You can't handle a musical that is far from light fare.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you like opera, Audra, and Gershwin...an absolute classic

Don't see it if you don't enjoy opera or you are looking for something modern

90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Gorgeous!

See it if you want to hear exquisite vocals

Don't see it if you need something new

90
Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Great singing

See it if you have enough plutonium to generate the requisite 1.21 gigawatts to get your DeLorean back to 2011. (PS It'd be totally worth it.)

Don't see it if you're reading this after Sept 23, 2012. Buy a ticket to Hamilton and tell your neighbor how excited you are to see a show where P&B played.

90
Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You love classic musicals

Don't see it if You don't like classic musicals

86
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Great singing

See it if never saw or enjoy seeing a classic with a some great music and vocals.

Don't see it if do not like sad, heartfelt stories

86
Intense, Riveting, Great singing

See it if you love Audra and Norm. Beautifully acted and sung.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fully staged production. This is very stripped down.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Intense, Romantic

See it if you are looking for a sensitively-directed, modern take on the famous opera or if you are just wanting to see QUEEN Audra do her thing.

Don't see it if you are expecting Norm Lewis to match Audra McDonald's amazingness (Spoiler: He falls pretty short).

85
Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Profound

See it if You love classic musical theatre. Great singing, staging, deeply moving performances.

Don't see it if Tragically you can't see it now, at least not this production with Ms Audra McDonald. It was a beauty.

83
Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Timeless, Heavy

See it if you've never been introduced to any incarnation of this classic show. Audra McDonald gave a performance for the ages in this production.

Don't see it if you're not into the heavy subject matter, or you're a Porgy & Bess purist (this production adapted the opera into more of a stage musical).

82
Ambitious, Intense, Romantic, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if you love Audra, Norm, or Gershwin!

Don't see it if you want a show that sticks closely to the original opera. When I saw it, at an early preview, they'd rewritten the ending (for the worse).

82
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Slow, Dated

See it if You've never seen Porgy & Bess before, but don't want to commit to a full production.

Don't see it if You really want to see a full production of Porgy & Bess.

81
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to be blown away by some of the best singers and actors on Broadway.

Don't see it if A longs musical with mainly slow songs is not your thing.

80
Delightful, Great acting, Dated

See it if you want to see amazing talent perform an amazing classic. Audra and Norm blow it out of the water.

Don't see it if old Broadway music bores you. It can often be too operatic and slow.

75
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like audra macdonald.

Don't see it if you don;t like heavy subject matter.


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