The National Tour of ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ is the best way to voyage to Catfish Row for an aberrant night filled with spunk and soul. This moving adaption about the lives of those living in the southern town of Catfish Row does not fall short to its precedent variations of the story. Check it out in San Fran, the show runs until December 8, buy your tickets now https://www.shnsf.com/online/porgy
This musical has a long range of transformation history. Starting with a novel written by DuBose Heyward, to a four hour long opera in 1935, a 1942 Broadway revival, various tours in Europe, and now Diane Paulus’s adaption that is now touring.
As this cast carries this show all around the country until July of 2014, one element I loved of this performance was how the actors carried themselves. Alicia Hall Moran (Bess) carried her voice throughout that entire theatre in a down to earth, ecstatic way. The chemistry between her character and Nathaniel Stampley (Porgy) was evident in their performance of “Bess, You is My Woman Now”. Stampley’s demeanor on stage and authenticity was a joy to watch in his number, “I Got Plenty Of Nuttin’”
Another way the cast carried themselves on stage was through their dancing. Ronald Brown and Arcell Cabuag do a fabulous job of choreographing, particularly the happy-go-lucky number of “Oh I Can’t Sit Down”.
The picnic scene was brimmed with sunshine and glory that was depicted in the fun, warm costumes designed by ESosa.
After the picnic especially, this musical is filled with loss and lugubrious events of rape, “happy dust”, and deaths. The actors beam with emotion during ballads like “Clara, Don’t You Be Downhearted.”