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Gershwin, by George!

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Porgy and Bess, an American folk opera, opened in New York City’s Alvin Theatre on Oct. 10, 1935, and ran for 124 performances before closing in financial ruin. George Gershwin, his brother Ira and co-librettist and lyricist DuBose Heyward, had crafted an intense musical drama that ultimately spawned a furious debate about authenticity, musical style and form, racial prejudice and national identity. But the music and lyrics have survived more than 70 years and the work’s stature is unsurpassed in the American operatic repertoire. Explore this brilliant and pivotal work from its beginnings to its revivals, featuring oral histories of its original stars, Todd Duncan and Anne Brown, rare photographs, archival audio and video recordings and live performance.

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