The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will launch “Mariah’s Corner,” an exciting new video blog which will feature cast member NaTasha Yvette Williams answering your questions on camera as her character, Mariah. Mariah is the matriarch, the so-called Dear Abby, of Catfish Row and wants to tell you how to solve age old questions like: “How do I get my husband to cook?” “What’s the best rhubarb pie recipe?” “How do I keep my neighbors off of my yard?” and countless others.
If you have a question you would like Mariah to answer submit it to: MariahsCorner@gmail.com.
Starting April 13, visit: http://www.porgyandbessonbroadway.com/video.html to view the weekly video installments of “Mariah’s Corner!”
VIDEO PREVIEW: The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS on Broadway
Now playing at the Richard Rogers Theatre.
The Gershwins Porgy and Bess is now playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). Its cast is led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, “Private Practice”) as Bess, Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Sondheim on Sondheim) as Porgy and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (Race, “In Living Color”) as Sporting Life. The cast also includes Phillip Boykin as Crown, Nikki Renée Daniels as Clara, Joshua Henry as Jake, Christopher Innvar as Detective, Bryonha Marie Parham as Serena and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mariah, as well as Sumayya Ali, Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt André Credit, Trevon Davis, Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson III, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Gavin Gregory, Heather Hill, David Hughey, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Alicia Hall Moran, Cedric Neal, Phumzile Sojola, Nathaniel Stampley, Julius Thomas III, J.D. Webster and Lisa Nicole Wilkerson.
The classic story by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the crippled but courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.
Following its sold-out world premiere engagement at Boston’s American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), now brings George and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.
The creative team also includes choreographer Ronald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer ESosa, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind and sound designer Acme Sound Partners.
Winner of the Tony for Best Musical Revival, Porgy and Bess features such classic songs from the Gershwins' legendary score as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” plus a cast led by five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.