The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Don’t miss what Time magazine calls, “A don’t miss theatre event!  The #1 Broadway musical of the year.” Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is hitting the road in a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess features one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), bringing George and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.
 
Praised by the New Yorker as, “A great achievement!” and hailed by the Associated Press as, “a Gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece,” the classic story of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.

Jan. 17 - 19, 2014 Carol Morsani Hall
  • Tickets from $69-$153.50. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice and will increase based on demand.
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Show Dates & Times

Fri., Jan. 17, 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 19, 2 p.m.

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess runs Jan. 14-19, 2014 at the Straz Center.

Pricing

Tickets to The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess are only available as part of a Broadway season ticket package or a Florida Opera Festival® season ticket package. Those interested in purchasing season tickets should call the Straz Center Ticket Office at 813.229.STAR (7827) or outside the Tampa Bay area at 800.955.1045. Renewing season ticket holders, Opera Tampa League members and Straz Center Annual Members receive priority seating for season tickets and seating upgrade requests. Priority increases according to giving level. Individual opera tickets will go on sale at a later date.

About the Show

Cast
ALICIA HALL MORAN as Bess
NATHANIEL STAMPLEY as Porgy
PHILLIP BOYKIN as Crown
SUMAYYA ALI as Clara
DAN BARNHILL as the Detective
BRYONHA MARIE PARHAM as Serena
NATASHA YVETTE WILLIAMS as Mariah
ALLISON BLACKWELL as a Woman of Catfish Row
ROOSEVELT ANDRÉ CREDIT as a Fisherman
JOSEPH DELLGER as the Policeman 

Porgy and Bess is by GEORGE GERSHWIN, DUBOSE and DOROTHY HEYWARD and IRA GERSHWIN.

Creative Team
DIANE PAULUS – Director
SUZAN-LORI PARKS - playwright
DIEDRE L. MURRAY - composer
RONALD K. BROWN - choreographer
RICCARDO HERNANDEZ - set designer
ESOSA - costume designer
CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND - lighting designer
ACME SOUND PARTNERS - sound designer

Reviews

#1 MUSICAL OF THE YEAR
"A don’t-miss theater event.” – TIME Magazine 

“A BIG HIT! An indispensable ticket" – The New York Times

“A great achievement that left me breathless.”– The New Yorker 

“A GORGEOUS VERSION OF THE GERSHWIN MASTERPIECE!” – Associated Press 

“A LUSCIOUS PIECE OF MUSICAL THEATER! A gripping, in-your-face, vibrant revival that bursts with fierce immediacy.” – Newsday

Education

A post-show talk-back will be held following the Wednesday, Jan. 15, performance. Talk-backs may be changed or cancelled without notice.

Download the study guide.

Audio Files

"Summertime"

Run-time: 150 minutes including intermission