Sunday, May 26, 2013

Porgy and Bess Cast Announced for Upcoming Tour

Today's date: May 21, 2013
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PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh
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Casting Announcement for National Tour
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
The American Musical
Performances in Pittsburgh at the Benedum Center
Tuesday, February 25 - Sunday, March 2, 2014

PITTSBURGH, PA:  The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will star original Broadway cast members ALICIA HALL MORAN as Bess, NATHANIEL STAMPLEY as Porgy and PHILLIP BOYKIN as Crown.  The tour will also feature Broadway cast members SUMAYYA ALI as Clara, DAN BARNHILL as the Detective, BRYONHA MARIE PARHAM as Serena, ALLISON BLACKWELL as a Woman of Catfish Row, ROOSEVELT ANDRÉ CREDIT as a Fisherman and JOSEPH DELLGER as the Policeman. Complete casting will be announced this summer.

Moran performed the role of Bess in THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS during the Broadway run. She has also appeared in the critically acclaimed cabaret, the motown project, Things of the Heart, andThe Three Penny Opera. Moran co-wrote and performed vocal music for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co.’s Chapel/Chapter. Moran embraces a broad musical repertoire, including classical and avant-garde, Jazz, Motown and Broadway.

David Alan Grier in Revival of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

In addition to his portrayal of Porgy in the Broadway production of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, Stampley recently appeared on Broadway in The Color Purple and The Lion King as well as the West End production of The Lion King and the national tour of Ragtime. Stampley’s other credits include Pacific Overtures with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lost in the Stars with NY City Center’s Encores!, as well as Strike Up the  Band and One Touch of Venus with Auditorium Theatre’s Ovations! series.

The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will launch at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre this November. The tour, accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra, will begin performances Sunday, Nov. 10 with an official opening on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The national tour will travel to more than 20 cities in its first season in addition to San Francisco, including Los Angeles (Ahmanson Theatre), Seattle (5th Avenue Theatre), Dallas (Winspear Opera House), West Palm Beach, Tampa, Naples, Greenville, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, East Lansing, St. Paul, Des Moines, Las Vegas, Tempe and Charlotte, with additional cities to be announced in the coming days.

 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh tour and tickets information
THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS will begin performances in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, February 25 through Sunday,   March 2, 2014, at the Benedum Center.  This tour is part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.  Single tickets will go on sale approximately 6-8 weeks in advance of the show’s opening for most events. Group discounts apply to orders of 10 tickets or more for most events.

For information about the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series: Subscription tickets, visit, or call (412) 456-1390; Group tickets, visit, or call (412) 471-6930.

THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS by GEORGE GERSHWIN, DUBOSE and DOROTHY HEYWARD, and IRA GERSHWIN, features one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony-nominated 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). The creative team also includes choreographer RONALD K. BROWN, set designerRICCARDO HERNANDEZ, costume designer ESOSA, lighting designer CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND and sound designer ACME SOUND PARTNERS.

Following its sold-out world premiere engagement at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS moved to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway for a limited engagement with an official opening on January 12, 2012. After extending the show twice, THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS closed on September 23, 2012 after 322 performances, making it the longest running production of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS to ever play Broadway.The 2012 Broadway Cast Recording of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS is now available on PS Classics.
Based on DuBose Heyward's novel “Porgy” and the play of the same name, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward, the Broadway revival of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS is a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” The classic story 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.

THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS first premiered at the Colonial Theatre in Boston on September 30, 1935. Broadway performances followed featuring a cast of classically trained African-American singers — a daring and visionary artistic choice at the time. This new adaptation of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS was specifically created for Broadway and features a revised book in a musical theatre format and jazz-oriented musical arrangements.

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