Porgy and Bess

International Tour (1952)

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Act One

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  • Summer Time .... Clara
  • A Woman is a Sometime Thing .... Jake & Ensemble
  • They Pass by Singing .... Porgy
  • Roll Them Bones .... Porgy, Sportin' Life, Crown & Ensemble
  • Gone, Gone, Gone! .... Ensemble
  • Overflow .... Ensemble
  • My Man's Gone Now .... Serena
  • Leavin' fo' de Promis' Lan' .... Bess & Ensemble

Act Two

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  • I Ain't Got No Shame .... Sportin' Life & Ensemble
  • It Takes a Long Pull to Get There .... Jake & Fisherman
  • I Got Plenty o' Nuttin' .... Porgy
  • Woman to Lady .... Porgy, Bess, Frazier & Ensemble
  • Bess, You is My Woman Now .... Porgy & Bess
  • Oh, I Can't Sit Down .... Charleston Orphans' Band
  • It Ain't Necessarily So .... Sportin' Life & Ensemble
  • What You Want With Bess? .... Crown & Bess
  • Time and Time Again .... Serena & Ensemble
  • Strawberry Woman
  • Crab Man
  • I Loves You, Porgy .... Porgy & Bess
  • Oh, de Lawd Shake de Heaven .... Ensemble
  • A Red Headed Woman .... Crown & Ensemble
  • Oh, Doctor Jesus .... Company

Act Three

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  • Clara, Don't You Be Downhearted .... Ensemble
  • There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York .... Sportin' Life & Bess
  • Buzzard Song .... Porgy
  • Where's My Bess? .... Porgy
  • I'm On My Way .... Porgy

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Trivia & History

This production restored a great deal of the music including some that had not been used before. Parts of the libretto were revised and cut and some musical numbers were displaced. Dialogue was added from the novel with the approval of Dorothy Heyward and many ad-libbed remarks from the workscript of the libretto were added for atmosphere.

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