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“The #1 Musical of the Year! A Don't-Miss Event!” is how Time magazine welcomed The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess upon its triumphant return to Broadway in a new production starring four-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, Drama Desk-nominee Norm Lewis, and three-time Tony Award-nominee David Alan Grier. The Associated Press hailed it as "a gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece," while Newsday proclaimed it "a luscious piece of musical theatre: a gripping, in-your-face, vibrant revival that bursts with fierce immediacy.” Of Ms. McDonald, The New York Times swooned, "For devastating theatrical impact, it’s hard to imagine any hurricane matching the tempest that is the extraordinary Audra McDonald's Bess. And when she sings — ah, it’s a God-touched voice that turns suffering and ugliness into beauty." Newsday praised Norm Lewis’s “heartachingly vital Porgy,” while David Alan Grier brings “comic relief and wonderful showmanship” (Entertainment Weekly) to the role of Sportin' Life. Revered for its legendary score by George Gershwin, Dubose & Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin -- featuring such classics as "Summertime," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing" -- The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has been reimagined and reinvigorated for the modern stage by a team that includes Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, musical adapter Diedre L. Murray and director Diane Paulus. PS Classics proudly presents the New Broadway Cast Recording of one of the most beloved works of the American musical theatre.
I saw this over Christmas and was completely mesmerized! I was a little worried about the show since I read about Sondheim's criticisms with some of the changes they made, but after the first few bars of "Summertime" I was sold! Audra and Norm are fantastic, of course. The supporting cast and ensemble are fantastic as well! I was overjoyed when I read they were making a cast album of the show, and now that the countdown to its release is over and I'm beside myself with excitement!
Country: United States
Artists: PS Classics