Porgy and Bess

Court Theatre
5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Porgy and Bess remains George Gershwin's magnum opus, with an unforgettable score that includes songs ("Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So") later recorded by popular musicians from Billie Holiday to Ella Fitzgerald. Coming off their 2008 Jeff Award-winning production of Caroline, or Change, Charles Newell and Doug Peck come face-to-face with one of the greatest--and most controversial--pieces of American music theater ever created. Often denounced as a racially insensitive portrayal of black southerners, Newell and Peck, in collaboration with Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson and an all-African-American cast, will present a thoughtful, never-before-seen retelling of Gershwin and Heyward's "folk opera" Porgy and Bess, a classic but contested piece of American theater history.

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http://www.courttheatre.org/season/show/porgy_and_bess/

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