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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful
89
Avg Score

100
Masterful, Great singing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a great interpretation of a classic opera!

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a great opera.

90
Entertaining, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You love classic musicals

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

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.

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

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.

98
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You like opera!

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

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

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.

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if If you love classic talent, this is a must see! The storyline, the music numbers, just fascinating!

Don't see it if If you were born under a rock, do not see this musical. It is too great!!!

90
Thought-provoking, Epic, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love great writing and acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and fluffy.

95
Absorbing, Epic, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You are interested in an epic story of forgiveness and unconditional love

Don't see it if You have no heart

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you appreciate opera.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate opera.

71
Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a classic

Don't see it if Tired of revivals and want something new

100
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Must see

See it if you love musicals

Don't see it if you don't like Gershwin

90
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want a little view into the African-American experience down south in the 20's.

Don't see it if You are looking for a cheaper feeling gimmicky show.

95
Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you love classics

Don't see it if -

80
Edgy, Slow, Resonant, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You are looking to hear classical music and great acting. It is an intense story, but beautiful.

Don't see it if The storyline, though beautiful, can be a little slow. It is also quite a sad story and doesn't leave you with the best feeling.

90
Intense, Profound

See it if You enjoy iconic theatre

Don't see it if You dislike operatic musicals

82
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Amazing acting and beautiful voices. This was very well done and a classic.

Don't see it if You are expecting to see show stopping Broadway numbers. The story and music are beautiful, but tend to drag.

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Beautifully done. Profound and dramatic.

Don't see it if You don’t want heavy drama.

89
Delightful, Intense, Refreshing

See it if You like a good story line

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

100
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Great singing

See it if YOU LOVE AUDRA MCDONALD!!!

Don't see it if Your are not a fan of the great American musical.

98
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Masterful

See it if You love great singing and great stage presence

Don't see it if you don't like long musicals

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You love period pieces

Don't see it if You don't like the classics

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Exquisite, Must see

See it if You love watching musical love stories about African Americans struggling to survive. The songs are amaxing

Don't see it if You're not into musicals based on African Americans or people who live in impoverished areas

82
Delightful, Great staging, Must see, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are an Audra fan

Don't see it if No commentary

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if if you like love stories, if you like great singing, a riveting story, if you like to take a message away from the show

Don't see it if if you don't like crying at a show, if you don't like love stories


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