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THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS Launches "Mariah's Corner" Video Blog

THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS

LAUNCHES “MARIAH’S CORNER”
VIDEO BLOG FEATURING
NATASHA YVETTE WILLIAMS;
SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS NOW!

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The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS is excited to announce the launch of “Mariah’s Corner,” an exciting new video blog which will feature cast member NaTasha Yvette Williams answering your questions on camera as her character, Mariah. Mariah is the matriarch, the so-called Dear Abby, of Catfish Row and wants to tell you how to solve age old questions like: “How do I get my husband to cook?” “What’s the best rhubarb pie recipe?” “How do I keep my neighbors off of my yard?” and countless others.

{module ad_left_body}So if you have a question you would like Mariah to answer submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and be sure to check out http://www.porgyandbessonbroadway.com/video.html beginning on April 13, 2012 to view weekly video installments of “Mariah’s Corner!”

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The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS, which was originally announced as a limited run, has been extended through September 30, 2012. The production officially opened on January 12, 2012 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). Tickets are available online.

The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESShas a cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, “Private Practice”) as Bess, Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Sondheim on Sondheim) as Porgy and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (Race, “In Living Color”) as Sporting Life. The cast also includes Phillip Boykin as Crown, Nikki Renée Daniels as Clara, Joshua Henry as Jake, Christopher Innvar as Detective, Bryonha Marie Parham as Serena and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mariah, as well as Sumayya Ali, Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt André Credit, Trevon Davis, Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson III, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Gavin Gregory, Heather Hill, David Hughey, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Alicia Hall Moran, Cedric Neal, Phumzile Sojola, Nathaniel Stampley, Julius Thomas III, J.D. Webster and Lisa Nicole Wilkerson.

Here’s what critics had to say:

“AN INDISPENSABLE TICKET!
The extraordinary Audra McDonald is, in a word, great.”
-The New York Times

“A Porgy for the 21st century;
A GREAT AMERICAN MUSICAL!”
-Pat Collins, Fox News

“AS RAPTUROUS AS EVER!
Norm Lewis is a revelation.”
-USA Today

“A GORGEOUS VERSION OF THE GERSHWIN MASTERPIECE!”
-Associated Press

“DAVID ALAN GRIER IS POSITIVELY RUNYANESQUE AS SPORTING LIFE.”
-New York Magazine

“A LUSCIOUS PIECE OF MUSICAL THEATER!
A gripping, in-your-face, vibrant revival that bursts with fierce immediacy.”
-Newsday

“Powerfully acted and magnificently sung,
‘PORGY AND BESS’ SOARS!  
Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis make this a MUST-SEE!”
-Bloomberg News

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The classic story by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward 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 crippled but 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.

Following its sold-out world premiere engagement at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus(Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), brings George and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.

The creative team also includes choreographer Ronald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer ESosa, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind and sound designer Acme Sound Partners.  

The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Howard Kagan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Lucio Simons TBC, Joseph and Matthew Deitch, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Terry Schnuck, Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Ken Mahoney, Judith Resnick, Tulchin/Bartner/ATG, Paper Boy Productions, Christopher Hart, Alden Badway, Broadway Across America, Irene Gandy and Will Trice.

Visit www.porgyandbessonbroadway.com for more information.

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