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"Porgy and Bess

The Lithgow Lear

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Put Daniel Sullivan together with a great play and a highly-respected, award-winning actor like John Lithgow and you're likely to get an illuminating and theatrical rendition of the work, with flashes of lightning for sure.

"Show Boat" - Jerome Kern's Masterpiece at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.05.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

It's an opera - where the ideal performer with the optimal voice is a capital match for the intentions of the composer and his lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein II.

Pre-Tony's Broadway Tasting: Stars in the Alley

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.21.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Even before I got to Schubert Alley, a tad late of course, the sounds were rocking Broadway. Audiences were treated to a free sampling of numbers from...

Why Life May Not Be a Cabaret and More Tony Musings

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Well, the Administration Committee did it, they ruled Cabaret Tony eligible. I wrote previously about how there would be precedent for that ruling (in...

First Nighter: Audra McDonald Dazzles as Billie Holiday

David Finkle | Posted 06.13.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps the most complimentary remark to be made about Audra McDonald in Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill is that in 90 minutes and under Lonny Price's fully empathetic direction, she nails that voice and she gets that whole life.

Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna: 5 Things That Make It Stunning

Greg Archer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts
Greg Archer

Cirque du Soleil's breathtaking "Amaluna" pushes previous creative boundaries and establishes itself as one of the most captivating and enterprising outings to unfold under the big top in some time.

It's Not Just About The Goat

George Heymont | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

When my business partner and I launched Alert & Oriented Medical Transcription Services more than two decades ago, one of our early clients was a San ...

Cast Of 'Porgy And Bess' Preps For National Tour

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Nathaniel Stampley ached to make the role of Porgy his own in the celebrated 2012 Broadway revival of "Porgy and Bess." Instead, he ...

Tony Award-Winner Set For First Concert In Four Years

Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah | Linda East Brady | Posted 11.06.2013 | Black Voices

Broadway star Audra McDonald, winner of a record-tying five Tony Awards, most recently for her breathtaking performance in the title role of "Porgy an...

Audra McDonald Gets A New Gig

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 01.27.2013 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES -- Broadway superstar Audra McDonald is adding a new chapter to her long history with Lincoln Center. The singer-actress is the new host ...

Angela Lansbury on Erroneous Reports: "I Am Not a Republican"

Evan Mulvihill | Posted 12.24.2012 | Celebrity
Evan Mulvihill

On Sunday, Angela Lansbury was the guest of honor at The Players' Pipe Night honoring Audra McDonald. Of course, the topic of the election came up.

Marquita Lister Prepares to Sing Serena in the Boston Symphony's Porgy and Bess

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 11.24.2012 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

When Marquita Lister sings Serena in Boston Symphony Orchestra's Porgy and Bess this week, she will come full circle in a celebrated career whose seeds took root while she was an undergrad at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music.

Which Broadway Play Is Spike Interested In Filming?

Posted 08.10.2012 | Black Voices

Aside from making his recent Broadway directorial debut in Mike Tyson’s one-man show, “Undisputed Truth,” Spike Lee now has his eyes set on gett...

Broadway's 'Porgy And Bess' Sets Show's Final Date

AP | Posted 07.18.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Broadway's Tony Award-winning revival of "Porgy and Bess" will close on Sept. 23, making it the longest-running production of the Gershwin...

On The 'Public' Role Of Love

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 08.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

If Porgy and Bess' history has functioned as a reflection of race relations in America, then we might also think of this show as one of those cultural spaces that invite us to reflect on marriage, as well. The songs powerfully record that desire for freedom to marry in our cultural ear.

The Battling Gershwin Plays

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — There's a musical war brewing on 46th Street and things may turn nasty if Matthew Broderick has his way. He and Kelli O'Hara are at ...

On the Culture Front: Porgy and Bess, Rouge Tomate's New Winter Menu, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.26.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Suzan-Lori Parks' adaptation of Porgy and Bess, so I was surprised that there was nothing too radical about the production.

Theater: Glorious Porgy And Bess

Michael Giltz | Posted 03.21.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The title is the only clumsy thing about this smartly mounted, beautifully sung and movingly acted new production of the landmark musical theater work.

Audra McDonald, Will Swenson Engaged

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 03.05.2012 | Celebrity

NEW YORK — Wedding bells are in the cards for Tick and Bess. Audra McDonald, the Tony Award actress who currently stars as half of Broadway's "...

PHOTOS: Top Ten Chicago Plays Of 2011

The Huffington Post | Lauren Whalen and Scotty Zacher | Posted 12.29.2011 | Chicago

As 2011 draws to a close, we asked some of Chicago's experts in style, music, art and theater to share their favorite places, people and things of the...

Audra McDonald Sings Through 'Porgy And Bess' Mess

AP | By MARK KENNEDY | Posted 12.21.2011 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- As deliberate as Audra McDonald is about picking songs for her concerts, what she says in between singing them is anything but considered....

Interview: Playwright Katori Hall Reaches for King's Mountaintop

Lonna Saunders | Posted 12.10.2011 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

Playwright Katori Hall's new play Mountaintop pays tribute to Dr. King's last public appearance at Mason Temple in Memphis where he delivered his historic "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech.

Rebecca Carroll

Audra McDonald Breaks From 'Porgy and Bess' For Fall Concert Tour | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 11.26.2011 | Black Voices

Audra McDonald will take a brief break from the acting hustle to focus on singing after the controversial new musical adaptation of "Porgy and Bess," ...

Rebecca Carroll

Questions For 'Chasing Heaven' Playwright And Director Leah Maddrie | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices

Next winter, the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., will stage a new version of the time-honored Gershwin classic "Porgy and Bess" writte...

My Kingdom for a Goat!

Cara Joy David | Posted 10.19.2011 | Home
Cara Joy David

We'll see what happens with Porgy and Bess. It could be amazing -- I truly hope it is. For now it simply stands as a cautionary tale. Not all press is good press.