Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Do This: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

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A premiere performance of the acclaimed Broadway touring production and the 1935 jazzy-operatic musical that obliterated boundaries of genre and race — and blessed the world with one of the greatest, most covered tunes (“Summertime”) — The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess brings its poetry and swagger to the Straz Center this week.

Winner of the 2012 Tony for Best Musical Revival and backed by a 23-piece orchestra, the show stars Alicia Hall Moran as Bess and Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy, whose story is set in Charleston’s Catfish Row, where outsides influences and temptations of big city life threaten to tear them asunder.

Tomorrow night, Wed., Jan. 15, a talkback with artists from the company will take place following the show.

Opens tonight and runs through Jan. 19, Thu. at 7:30 p.m., Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Straz Center’s Carol Morsani Hall, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa; $46.50-$81.50; strazcenter.org.

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