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
Avg Score

Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You grew up with it during the holidsys

Don't see it if If you dont know what poor is.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Masterful

See it if Lovely

Don't see it if No comment

Great acting, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You like operas

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

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

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy deep and meaningful productions

Don't see it if you have a short attention span.


See it if Beautiful singing and a great love story.

Don't see it if you are looking for an upbeat show.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you're here for what theatre's all about.

Don't see it if you like wonderful things. Or you're racist.

Great singing, Riveting, Profound, Masterful, Must see

See it if I saw Porgy & Bess on Broadway as a little girl and loved it. This operatic version is even more thrilling, deeply examining racial tensions

Don't see it if If you don't love the Gershwins' score. (Hard to imagine!)

Absorbing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Intense

See it if Great show, glad they brought it back to broadway for the next generation. And Audra Mcdonalds voice was exhilirating.

Don't see it if You arent into musicals or opera, you wont appreciate it.

Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Uninteresting, Boring

See it if you're a fan of the "classics"

Don't see it if you want something light and happy

Thought-provoking, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if Best operatic play!!! Beautiful singing and superb acting!

Don't see it if You just don't like opera!

Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if This haunting production of the Met brings new life to the script and the music. Heart wrenching. Music, Acting & dance are excepcional

Don't see it if No reason not to see this production.It will please all.From opera buffs to those who prefer musical comedy,Porgy and Bess stands out

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if An American classic, diverse cast

Don't see it if More classical/ historical show, difficulty following dialetcs

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic

See it if Love it please see if you can.

Don't see it if I saw it

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Must see

See it if You must it see. The singing and acting are amazing.

Don't see it if You've already seen it before and didn't like things that won't change, like the writing.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love great acting and singing! Mesmerizing!

Don't see it if You don't like dated shows

Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a thought provoking show

Don't see it if Your lame

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!

Absorbing, Must see, Riveting, Masterful, Great singing

See it if Anyone who enjoys excellent singing and is a Gershwin fan!

Don't see it if Have an aversion to talent.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if What's not to like?

Don't see it if you are "light" theatre

Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Romantic, Resonant

See it if You love great singing and beautiful music. This is a classic piece and this cast was stellar!

Don't see it if You don't like strong subject matter such as abuse and oppression...

Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if You enjoy alternative romantic and funny show

Don't see it if There's no reason to miss it

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Love Gershwin.

Don't see it if You are looking for light hearted fun.

Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Profound, Riveting

See it if You want an emotional experience.

Don't see it if You just want to be entertained.

Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Especially If you appreciate/can connect with/have memories of the dynamic between black mothers and daughters.

Don't see it if If you don’t care for stories being told as flackbacks.

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