BOSTON — The Gershwin revival that got its start at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge has become a Broadway hit that just earned no less than 10 Tony nominations.
From the moment George Gershwin chose to adapt DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy into an opera, there has been controversy. Controversy that he'd dare to create anything but popular music. That he'd dare write music solely for African American performers at a time when much of the country was segregated. And that he'd presume to be able to tell the story of a black community.
Read and watch Bowen's coverage with the links below:
>> A.R.T. Reimagines Porgy and Bess
>> Porgy and Bess Controversy at the A.R.T.
>> David Alan Grier on Reinterpreting the Gershwin's Play
Catch even more WGBH coverage of this performance:
>>The Callie Crossley show: "Reimagining 'Porgy and Bess'"
>>Author Kim McLarin's review, "Porgy and Bess" at A.R.T.: Transformed and Illuminating"