Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

From 97 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful

About the show

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.

2h 30m | Already closed | Richard Rodgers Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (97)


Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful

Dated, Slow, Epic, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if if you are an opera lover

Don't see it if if you are looking for more of an upbeat musical

Dated, disappointing and uneven

See it if You don't mind walking out after the first act. National Tour charged plenty...delivered very little

Don't see it if You like Gershwin's music sung with meaning. The two main characters couldn't have had more unsuited to play opposite each other. Bad!

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