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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.