Porgy and Bess Tempe – 2014 Concert Schedule
The opera Porgy and Bess paints a brilliant picture of triumph
and love in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina. This American folk opera has charmed audiences since its inception, and
now this classic tale is coming to Tempe. As the story of Porgy and Bess unfolds onstage, you and the audience will be treated
to songs like "I Loves You, Porgy" and "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'." Porgy and Bess is sure to be a highly anticipated opera
this season, and now is the perfect time to scoop up your tickets before they're all sold out. To experience the poignant
story of Porgy and Bess, be sure to visit StubHub today to get your tickets to see the show in Tempe.
and Bess Tempe
Porgy and Bess was conceived as an American folk opera, and includes a libretto by DuBose Heyward, music
by George Gershwin, and lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Porgy and Bess made its debut in 1935 in New York, backed
by a cast of classically trained African American singers, which was extremely rare at the time in the United States. The
opera made its official world premiere at the Colonial Theatre in Boston, and embarked on a tour in January of 1936. Porgy
and Bess delighted audiences all over, starting with Philadelphia, then Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. The opera
sat dormant for a while, and was later revived on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in 1942, and ran for nine months at that
Because of segregation and racism within the United States at the time, Porgy and Bess struggled to make its
mark on the opera scene, even after playing for so many years. It wasn't until 1976 when Porgy and Bess was considered a legitimate
opera, after the Houston Grand Opera held a magnificent staging of the show, and completely restored the original score for
the first time. From that moment on, Porgy and Bess was finally accepted as a legitimate opera and the rest is history. Porgy
and Bess went on to be performed all over, including a production by the Metropolitan Opera in 1985. Porgy and Bess at the
Met played for over fifty performances, with a cast including Simon Estes, Grace Bumbry, Bruce Hubbard, Gregg Baker, and Florence
Although Porgy and Bess didn't gain acknowledgment as a legitimate opera until the 1970s, the show had already
captured the hearts of many since the 1930s. Porgy and Bess' plot is set in Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina, where
Bess struggles to escape her scandal ridden past. Porgy is the only one who can help her break free, and the two get swept
up in a whirlwind romance that is threatened by Bess' former lover.
Porgy and Bess Tempe Breakthrough
American folk opera Porgy and Bess made its world debut in the 1930s, but it struggled to gain legitimacy in the world of
opera due to racism. Finally, Porgy and Bess was staged by the Houston Grand Opera in 1976, and was presented with the original
score, without any cuts. This marked a defining moment for Porgy and Bess, and since then, this remarkable show has become
a favorite for theatre goers all across the nation. In fact, the 1976 and 1977 recordings of the opera won Grammy Awards for
Best Opera Recording, making it the only opera to win that specific award for two consecutive years in a row.
and Bess Tempe Trivia
How many Tony Award nominations did Porgy and Bess receive in 2012?
Porgy and Bess was
nominated for a whopping 10 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
in a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role
in a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Direction
of a Musical, and Best Orchestrations.
With legendary songs like "Summertime," and "It
Ain't Necessarily So," you and the audience will be transported to Catfish Row in Charleston, as the unforgettable love story
of Porgy and Bess plays out onstage. Accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra and a mega-talented cast of performers, this production
of Porgy and Bess is sure to be one of the most talked about this season. Porgy and Bess' unique combination of European orchestral
styles and folk music lends itself to a brilliant musical production. You don't want to miss this incredible opera as it comes
to Tempe. To get your tickets to see Porgy and Bess, visit Stub Hub today. But don't wait – these tickets are known
to go fast and you don't want to miss your chance to see this legendary opera!