NY Times Review For ‘Porgy And Bess’ On Broadway

Poster for the 2012 revival of Porgy and Bess on Broadway
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From the New York Times:

“The hurricane that’s said to be headed for Catfish Row has yet to arrive early in the second act of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which opened on Thursday night in a new, slimmed-down reincarnation at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

“The climate so far might be described as mostly cloudy and mild, as might this version of the show. But suddenly an elemental force takes possession of the stage, and its tremors course through the audience.”

“That’s the storm raging within a woman who’s tearing herself to pieces before our eyes, fighting with her infernal attraction to a man she knows she should be fleeing. For devastating theatrical impact, it’s hard to imagine any hurricane matching the tempest that is the extraordinary Audra McDonald’s Bess at the moment she is reunited with her former lover, Crown, played by Phillip Boykin. And no matter what they’re calling it these days — a musical, I believe — Porgy and Bess has suddenly risen to its natural heights as towering, emotion-saturated opera.”

“Mr. Norm Lewis, a Broadway veteran (“Sondheim by Sondheim,” “The Little Mermaid”), combines modesty and dignity as the crippled Porgy. His singing voice is supple and smooth, and his “I Got Plenty of Nothing” is rendered with a charming nonchalance.”

Read the entire review at NY Times.