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

78
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like historical pieces, and you want to see into the soul of a person.

Don't see it if You're looking for something feel good or family friendly.

90
Enchanting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Masterful, Original

See it if U like rhapsody in blue

Don't see it if You Do not want to Listen to operatic singing style

100
Edgy, Great acting, Enchanting, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You enjoy Gershwin 's work, want to learn about the lives of the characters who lived in Catfish Row. listen to the beautiful music.

Don't see it if you refuse to want to learn about the black community during the 1930's.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you love great music you enjoy stories with social message

Don't see it if you believe no liberties should be taken with original version

100
Enchanting

See it if You love passion and music

Don't see it if Want to m8ss an amazing show

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You love musicals and superb acting.

Don't see it if You don't have a love of theater.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Had been wanting to see this for years! Such gorgeous music and voices! This production did not disappoint!

Don't see it if No reason not to see this show!

61
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to learn about history and care about learning it through a theatrical point of view. If you like diversity or care for foundation.

Don't see it if If you want a fast paced, or action packed play. If you do not like violence, I would also recommend you not to see it.

100
Great singing, Great writing, Excruciating, Great staging, Masterful

See it if Amazing show. Written many years but still wonderful

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't love music

100
Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You like romance and song.Fond memories from listening to the music as a child.

Don't see it if You do not like poor folks shown in the real.

100
Intense, Must see, Romantic, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You just enjoy the broadway experience. The music and acting are outstanding, and it ends with you wanting more!

Don't see it if You don't like sad endings.

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a show with a wonderful ensemble cast and fun engaging musical numbers.

Don't see it if You need constant excitement.

53
Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You love the period, you love the Gershwins, you hate fun.

Don't see it if You are depressed.

73
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Great cast and interesting staging

Don't see it if Hard to hear and understand

90
Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Resonant, Romantic

See it if You love classic musicals and sweeping vocals.

Don't see it if You want something fresh and modern.

100
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Epic, Great staging

See it if You love great acting!

Don't see it if You don't like listening to foreign languages for a long period of time

99
Exquisite

See it if See it if you like the classics

Don't see it if If you don't like the classic

100
Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if You are a fan of great writing and acting. Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis at some of their best.

Don't see it if You are looking for it to fully mimic the 1959 film or original 1935 production.

100
Great acting, Epic, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You enjoy opera

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

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Intense

See it if If you are interested in a slice of life/historical drama

Don't see it if You are not prepared to see a direct and hard hitting presentation of some of life's challenges, during that time period in history.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like musicals. You like revivals

Don't see it if You don't like musicals on a smaller stage

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love the music

Don't see it if You want an upbeat night on the town


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