Porgy and Bess: Musical Info & Synopsis


Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a beggar with a disability, who is living in the fictional Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina. His life becomes entwined with Bess, a woman struggling with a troubled past and current tumultuous relationship. As Porgy tries to rescue Bess from her current situation, the musical explores themes of love, hardship, and the Black experience in the early 20th century.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Opera (1935)

Cast Size: 24+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1930s / USA (South Carolina)

Creative Team

Music: George Gershwin

Lyrics: Ira Gershwin

LibrettoDuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1940)➝

Live Cast (1953)➝

Studio Cast (1963)➝

Houston Grand Opera Cast (1976)➝

Studio Cast (1976)➝

Studio Cast (1989)➝

Nashville Symphony Cast (2006)➝

Chamber Orchestra of Europe Cast (2009)➝

Broadway Cast (2012)➝

Metropolitan Opera Cast (2020)➝


Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1930s, Based on a Book, DramaticJazzOperaticPopular, Summer

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