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. More…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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).