Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Porgy and Bess leads on playing the iconic characters

'Porgy and Bess' was originally an opera that featured an entire cast of classically trained African American performers.
Credit courtesy of Michael J. Lutch

The Tony Award for best Broadway musical revival in 2012 went to “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”. The company touring the country with “Porgy and Bess” is in East Lansing this week for eight performances at MSU’s Wharton Center.

Nathaniel Stampley and Alicia Hall Moran play the lead characters of Porgy, a disabled beggar, and Bess, a woman struggling with drug addiction. Stampley says that those who are familiar with the opera will notice a lot more dialogue in the show, but all the classic songs are included. Moran talks about her favorite moments in the production and the different experiences she takes away from each performance.

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