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Centre Theatre Group presents ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ at the Ahmanson

Alicia Hall Moran as Bess with Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy
Alicia Hall Moran as Bess with Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy
Photo by Michael J. Lutch

‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ will be presented at the Ahmanson Theatre by the Centre Theatre Group on April 22 through June 1, 2014. Written by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, the 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival, the touring company stars Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy and Alicia Hall Moran as Bess, Alvin Crawford as Crown, Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life, Sumayya Ali as Clara, Denisha Ballew as Serena, Danielle Lee Greaves as Mariah and David Hughey as Jake.

Diane Paulus directs the ensemble in this new adaptation which is accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra. “Every so often a project comes along that is so astonishing that one has to drop everything and just say ‘I’m going to do it.’ That’s what I felt when I was asked to do ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,’ said the Tony Award-winning director.

Based on DuBose Heyward’s novel “Porgy” and the play of the same name, the book was
adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks into a musical theatre format. The classic
story is set in 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 enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’
relationship evolves into a deep romance that has become one of theatre’s most exhilarating love

“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” includes such legendary songs such as “Summertime,” “It Ain't Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” The musical score features jazz-oriented musical arrangements and was adapted by two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray.

Tickets are available by calling Center Theatre Group Audience Services at (213) 972-4400, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office or online at Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance by phone or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017. Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

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