Porgy and Bess Will Be Reincarnated — As a Musical
by Christie Connolley
The New York Times reported that Porgy & Bess is being reincarnated… as a musical! The show will debut at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridege next September.
“It won’t be an opera — that the big deal here,” Ms. Paulus said in an interview. “The Gershwin estate was interested in a team that would take this amazing classical work, that people know as an opera, and turn it into a musical. They wanted to make it more fully realized in terms of characters. They were eager to have a writer bring it to the audiences of today.”
Also involved behind the scenes are the producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel. Ms. Paulus, Mr. Richards, Mr. Frankel and the Public Theater helped to bring the Public’s summer staging of “Hair” to Broadway, where it became a moneymaker and won a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.”