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 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 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 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!!!
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.
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.
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
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