Porgy and Bess


Score

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Studio Cast Recordings

Recordings listed here were done in the studio specifically to release as recordings. They do not represent cast recordings of a particular production.

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Studio Cast (1935)
Lawrence Tibbett, Helen Jepson, Alexander Smallens, Nathaniel Shilkret
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Compilation (1935)
Todd Duncan, Mabel Mercer, Cy Walter
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Studio Cast (1938)
Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Carroll Gibbons
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Studio Cast (1950)
Risë Stevens, Robert Merrill, Robert Shaw Chorale
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Studio Cast (1950)
performers unknown
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Studio Cast (1950)
Avon Long, LeVern Hutcherson, Margaret Tynes
Studio Cast (complete score) (1951)
Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams, Inez Matthews, Avon Long, Warren Coleman
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Studio Cast (1951)
performers unknown
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Studio Cast (1951)
performers unknown
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RCA Show Time Cast (1953)
Cab Calloway, Helen Thigpen, Leslie Scott
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Studio Cast (1956)
Mel Tormé, Frances Faye, Betty Roche, George Kirby, Johnny Hartman
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Studio Cast (1957)
Lawrence Winters, Isabelle Lucas, Ray Ellington, Barbara Elsy, Pauline Stevens
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Studio Cast (1957)
Martha Flowers, Irving Barnes, Leesa Forster, Joe Attles, Lorenzo Fuller
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Studio Cast (jazz version) (1957)
Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
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Studio Cast (jazz version) (1958)
Rebecca Hall, Carnegie Burruss, Barbara DeCosta, Johnnie Brown
Studio Cast (1958)
Broc Peters, Margaret Tynes, Miriam Burton, Charles Colman, Joseph Crawford
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Studio Cast (1959)
Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne
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Studio Cast (1959)
Hill Bowen
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Studio Cast (1959)
Bill Reeve, Norma Zimmer, Bill Lee (i), Marni Nixon, Earl Wilkie
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Studio Cast (1959)
Fern Susan, Janice Lynn, Gordon Sidney, George Atwell, Paul Francine
Studio Cast (1959)
Sammy Davis, Jr., Carmen McRae
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Studio Cast (1960)
Martha Flowers, Don Shirley Trio
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Studio Cast (1963)
Georgia Brown, Mike Sammes Singers
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Studio Cast (1965)
Inia Te Wiata, Isabelle Lucas
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Studio Cast (jazz version) (1976)
Cleo Laine, Ray Charles (ii), Reverand James Cleveland Singers
Studio Cast (complete score) (1976)
Willard White, Leona Mitchell, McHenry Boatwright, Florence Quivar, Francois Clemmons
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Studio Cast (1980)
Benjamin Matthews, Claudia Lindsey, Ettore Stratta
Studio Cast (1984)
Simon Estes, Roberta Alexander, Diane Curry, Berlin Radio Chorus
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Studio Cast (jazz version) (8888)
Diahann Carroll, André Previn
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Studio Cast (8888)
Alexandrina Milcheva-Nonova, Nikolav Smochevski, Ivan Konsoulov, Milen Paounov
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Studio Cast (8888)
Avon Long, Urylee Leonardos, Valentine Pringle, Anna Motto, Billie Daniels

Demos & Pre-Production Recordings

  • No demos listed.

Source Material

Based on the play Porgy by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and the novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward.


Synopsis

Bess, a woman with a disreputable history, tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder. The only person willing to overlook her past and offer her shelter is the crippled Porgy. Their relationship is threatened by the disapproval of the townspeople, the presence of her old drug supplier Sportin' Life, and the threatened return of Crown.


Trivia & History

Director Spike Lee has been talking to the Gershswin Estate about doing a movie version since the early 2000s. An article about the proposed movie was published on indiewire.com in August 2012.

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Alternate Titles

  • The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (revival title)


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