Tonight I saw The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. (I posted on it earlier. See this link http://nycurbanlife.blogspot.com/2012/01/porgy-and-bess.html)
Its going to be hard to give this show justice in words….I’m not sure what the reviewers watched, but I LOVED it. And I don’t LOVE shows very often; I am discerning after many years working on Broadway.
Audra McDonald was the talent you expect – a huge range of emotion and a powerful voice to back that up. And Norm Lewis….was…amazing, and that’s a weak word, but I just can’t think of anything more superlative right now. I would imagine that he’d need a massage after every performance, probably aching from how he contorts his body to portray crippled Porgy. I’d volunteer for that task.
After the show we (Spence-Chapin Adoption Services) were treated to a cast talk-back and were honored with Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Trevon Davis, JD Webster and Roosevelt Credit.
I would gladly buy another ticket to see it again, and probably will.
|Norm Lewis, Audra McDonald|
|Trevon Davis, J.D.Webster|
highly anticipated opening of the much talked about re-envisioning of George
and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess takes place this Thursday. Very
Broadway for the first time in over 35 years, in a new staging, the production
is led by Tony Award® winner AUDRA
McDONALD, Drama Desk nominee NORM LEWIS and two-time Tony Award®
nominee DAVID ALAN GRIER. Early
buzz is “you’d be hard pressed to find a more user-friendly P&B.”
will support the organization’s mission to find adoptive homes for infants and
children who need families.
you purchase a ticket, you can support their work AND be included in a
Nice extra for theater fans!!!
Jan 19. Update – new footage of Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald!
You can enter to win here!
Since we all know the ending to this crazy story, it was appropriate that we start there, then we could move past the expected and focus on the story of how these two came to be. Growing up in poverty during the Great Depression, both dreamed of fame and glory – Bonnie’s on the movie screen, one day taking Clara Bow’s place as the next “it girl.” Clyde’s dreams started and stayed violent, idolizing Billy The Kid as a boy, and as he grew older, dreaming of replacing Al Capone as the nation’s most notorious gangster. With no hope to achieve the promise of the American Dream through hard work during this time of a downward spiraling economy, their path led to robbery and murder.
I learned that Bonnie had a penchant for prose, and wrote about the couple’s life on the “lamb’ foreshadowing their ultimate end in The Trails End…
They don't think they're too smart or desperate they know that the law always wins. They've been shot at before; but they do not ignore, that death is the wages of sin. Some day they'll go down together they'll bury them side by side. To few it'll be grief, to the law a relief but it's death for Bonnie and Clyde.
The show used projections of real photos of the couple and clippings of the papers of the day to help back the story line and illustrate just how notorious the two became. That, coupled with a solid score by Frank Wildhorn, enhanced my enjoyment of the musical, and, in my eyes, the low key ending of the two driving off towards their inevitable demise seemed the right way to go. It was refreshing to have a musical restrain from the formulaic big closing musical number, and offer something realistic to support the story line.
Clyde and Bonnie met when he was 20 and she was 19. What is amazing and disturbing, given the trail of bloodshed they left behind them, is how madly in love these two kids were and how connected they were to their families.
Definitely worth a night at the theatre. Go – you’ll be happy you did.
What are friends for, if not to get good mileage out of embarrassing you from a Broadway stage…!!?!