- Published on Friday, 24 February 2012 13:08
- Written by Ryan Hallet/ Porgy And Bess Press Release
PS CLASSICS TO RECORD
TWO-DISC BROADWAY CAST ALBUM OF
THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS
NOW IN PERFORMANCES AT
BROADWAY’S RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE
PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, will record the New Broadway Cast Album of The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS on March 12 & 13, 2012.
The two-disc set will be produced by PS Classics co-founder, Tommy Krasker, who began his producing career with an acclaimed series of Gershwin studio cast recordings in the early 1990's. Krasker anticipates a May 8th street date; the recording is currently available for pre-order at the label's website, www.psclassics.com.
The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS has 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.
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), brought George and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years. Due to overwhelming popularity and demand, producers of The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS announced that this critically-acclaimed Broadway revival has been extended, and is now on sale through September 30, 2012. The production, which was originally announced as a limited run, officially opened on January 12, 2012 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). Tickets are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929.
The creative team also includes choreographer Ronald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer ESosa, lighting designerChristopher Akerlind and sound designer Acme Sound Partners.
Here’s what critics had to say:
“AN INDISPENSABLE TICKET!
The extraordinary Audra McDonald is, in a word, great.”
-The New York Times
“A GORGEOUS, TRANSPORTIVE THEATRICAL RAPTURE!”
-New York Magazine
“A Porgy for the 21st century;
A GREAT AMERICAN MUSICAL!”
-Pat Collins, Fox News
“AS RAPTUROUS AS EVER!
Norm Lewis is a revelation.”
“A GORGEOUS VERSION OF THE GERSHWIN MASTERPIECE!”
“A LUSCIOUS PIECE OF MUSICAL THEATER!
A gripping, in-your-face, vibrant revival that bursts with fierce immediacy.
David Alan Grier is terrific.”
“Powerfully acted and magnificently sung,
‘PORGY AND BESS’ SOARS!
Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis make this a MUST-SEE!”
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.
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.
About PS Classics
Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and a six-time Grammy nominee (for its cast albums of Assassins, Nine: The Musical,Grey Gardens, Company, A Little Night Music and Sondheim on Sondheim), PS Classics celebrates the heritage of Broadway and American popular song through its award-winning cast recordings; solo albums by such artists as Maureen McGovern, Victoria Clark, Steven Pasqualeand Christine Andreas; and recordings drawn from rare sound archives, including Howard Sings Ashman. Recent releases include the New Broadway Cast Recording of Follies, studio cast albums of the Gershwins' 1930 Strike Up the Band and the long-lost Vernon Duke/Ogden Nash musical Sweet Bye and Bye, plus the Off-Broadway Cast Recordings of A Minister's Wife and Death Takes a Holiday.