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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

 
PORGY AND BESS
at The Savoy, London

ON THEIR WAY

  (L-R) Clarke Peters and Nicola Hughes

"Oh Lord, I'm on my way"... out of London. Or, so Porgy, Bess, Sportin' Life, Crown and all the other denizens of Catfish Row could rightly sing. The show, playing at the Savoy, has announced it's closing after the Saturday May 5 performance. It's expected to touch down in New York, sometime in the Spring of 2008.

This version of Porgy and Bess, as adapted by Trevor Nunn, daringly cut the four-hour plus opera, into a two-and-a-half hour musical. The score was adapted by Gareth Valentine; the orchestrations are by Don Sebesky and musical direction by David White.

Porgy and Bess has music by George Gershwin, lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin and a book by Heyward. Some of the classics which came from this show include: "Summertime," "Bess You Is My Woman," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty of Nuttin." The original production opened in New York at the Alvin (The Neil Simon) Theatre in 1935. The original cast included Todd Duncan and Anne Wiggins Brown in the title roles, with John Bubbles as Sportin' Life and Warren Coleman as Crown.

In the current production,which opened on November 9, to less than overwhelming reviews, Clarke Peters plays Porgy, Nicola Hughes is Bess, Cornell John is Crown and O-T Fagbenle is Sportin' Life.

 


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