Set in Charleston, South Carolina, the show takes place in a tenement building where a close-knit community reside. A game of craps unfolds over the first part of the show, ending in tragedy with Bess needing somewhere to live. Porgy takes her in and the rest of the building must deal with the consequences. Bess and Porgy begin to fall for each other, but Bess’s estranged husband isn’t far away, and a big storm is coming to the coastal community.
This opera has a large cast of central characters, played by Eric Greene, Nicole Cabell, Nmon Ford, Latonia Moore, Gweneth-Ann Rand, Nadine Benjamin, Tichina Vaughn, Donovan Singletary, Frederick Ballentine, Sarah-Jane Lewis, Thando Mjandana, Rheinaldt Tsepo Moagi, Chaz’men Williams-Ali, Bryon Jackson, Nozuko Teto, Njabulo Madlala and Whitaker Mills.
John Wilson conducts, with James Robinson directing. Dianne McIntyre choreographs and the design team is composed of Michael Yeargan, Catherine Zuber, Donald Holder and Luke Halls. Director James Robinson is currently Artistic Director of Opera Theatre St Louis.
An emotionally charged, powerfully moving musical, Porgy and Bess is the compelling piece based on family drama and lives of black people in the 20s, delivered through a sumptuous score of opera, blues, jazz, bluegrass and ragtime. The production plays at the West End’s London Coliseum for a limited season from 11 October to 17 November 2018.
Recommended forDiversity advocates, American history and culture buffs, as well as regular opera audiences won’t want to miss this compelling debut of Porgy and Bess.
Age Recommendations: No under 5s