" Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" cast update!

" Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" cast update!

Cast update for Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, which opens at the Savoy Theatre on 9 Nov 2006, following previews from 25 Oct - booking to 31 Mar 2007

The cast includes: Clarke Peters (Porgy), Nicola Hughes (Bess), Cornell John (Crown), Dawn Hope (Serena), O-T Fagbenle (Sportin’ Life) .

Clarke Peters London stage credits include "Simply Heavenly" at the Trafalgar Studios in 2004; "Mourning Becomes Electra" at the Lyttelton, NT in 2003; "The Witches of Eastwick" at the Prince of Wales in 2001; "Chicago" at the Adelphi in 1998 & 2005; "Guys and Dolls" at the Olivier, NT in 1996; "Unforgettable : The Nat King Cole Story" at the Garrick in 1995;

Nicola Hughes London stage credits include "Follow My Leader" at the Hampstead in 2004; "Simply Heavenly" at the Young Vic in 2003 & Trafalgar Studios in 2004; "Fosse" at the Prince of Wales theatre in 2000; "Sweet Charity" at the Victoria Palace in 1998; "The Goodbye Girl" at the Albery in 1997; "Chicago" at the Adelphi in 1998; "Damn Yankees" at the Adelphi in 1997; "Tommy" at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1996.

This new musical production has been adapted and re-worked from an opera into a 2½ hour musical by Trevor Nunn, who will also direct. The music has been specially adapted by Gareth Valentine.

This £3 million production featuring a 60-strong company, with 40 in the cast and a 20-piece orchestra, will begin rehearsals on 4 Sep 2006.

Porgy and Bess , with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by DuBose Heyward & Ira Gershwin and a book by Dubose Heyward, based on “Porgy” by Dubose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward, originally premiered on 10 Oct 1935 at the Alvin Theatre in New York in a production directed by Rouben Mamoulian.

The musical features famous songs such as as “Summertime”, “I Got Plenty o’ Nothin” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So”.

It is produced in London by Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and Tulbart Productions.

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