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Porgy and Bess : an American voice

Author: James A StandiferNancy TongGloria NaylorEd ApfelNigel NobleAll authors
Publisher: Ann Arbor, Mich., ©1997.
Series: Great performances
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The history of the American opera Porgy and Bess is explored, starting with the 1925 novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward, adapted to the stage the following year by Heyward and his wife Dorothy. With the subsequent involvement of composer George Gershwin and his lyricist brother Ira the non-musical play became an opera, which premiered in 1935 and has since been revived repeatedly and performed throughout the world. A  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentaries and factual works
Television
Interviews
Named Person: DuBose Heyward; Dorothy Heyward; George Gershwin; George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin; Darlene Clark Hine; Lawrence W Levine; Billy Taylor; Frances Gershwin Godowsky; Anne Brown; Todd Duncan; Eva Jessye; Etta Moten Barnett; Cab Calloway; Kitty Carlisle; Francois Giuliani; Grace Bumbry; Diahann Carroll; Trevor Nunn; Willard White; Maya Angelou; William Warfield; Leontyne Price; Martha Flowers; Damon Evans; Mary Moultre; Annette Anderson; Kent Byas; Simon Estes; Gregg Baker
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: James A Standifer; Nancy Tong; Gloria Naylor; Ed Apfel; Nigel Noble; Ann Collins; Dyanna Taylor; Ruby Dee; Karen Parks; Christopher Jones; Sheri McLain; Fouchena Sheppard; Robert Bruner; Jonathan Brody; Terry Platt; Simon Brookings; David Margulies; Jonathan Peck; T L Reilly; Darlene Clark Hine; Lawrence W Levine; Billy Taylor; Frances Gershwin Godowsky; Anne Brown; Todd Duncan; Eva Jessye; Etta Moten Barnett; Cab Calloway; Kitty Carlisle; Francois Giuliani; Grace Bumbry; Diahann Carroll; Trevor Nunn; Willard White; Maya Angelou; William Warfield; Leontyne Price; Martha Flowers; Damon Evans; Mary Moultre; Annette Anderson; Kent Byas; Simon Estes; Gregg Baker; University of Michigan.; Vanguard Films.; Mojo Working Productions.
OCLC Number: 83122374
Notes: Credits at end of tape.
Credits: Edited by Ann Collins ; director of photography, Dyanna Taylor.
Performer(s): Narrated by Ruby Dee.
Interviews: Darlene Clark Hine, Lawrence W. Levine, Dr. Billy Taylor, Frances Gershwin Godowsky, Anne Brown, Todd Duncan, Eva Jessye, Etta Moten Barnett, Cab Calloway, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Francois Giuliani, Grace Bumbry, Diahann Carroll, Trevor Nunn, Willard White, Dr. Maya Angelou, William Warfield, Leontyne Price, Martha Flowers, Damon Evans, Mary Moultre, Annette Anderson, Kent Byas, Simon Estes, Gregg Baker.
Actors in dramatizations: Karen Parks, Christopher Jones, Sheri McLain, Fouchena Sheppard, Robert Bruner, Jonathan Brody, Terry Platt.
Voices: Simon Brookings, David Margulies, Jonathan Peck, T.L. Reilly.
Event notes: Originally broadcast on WNET, Channel 13, New York, N.Y., Feb. 4, 1998.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (88 min.) : sd., col. SP ; 1/2 in.
Series Title: Great performances
Other Titles: Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.))
Responsibility: A presentation of The University of Michigan, in collaboration with Vanguard Films and Mojo Working Productions, Inc. ; produced by James A. Standifer ; co-producer, Nancy Tong ; written by Gloria Naylor and Ed Apfel ; directed by Nigel Noble.

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The history of the American opera Porgy and Bess is explored, starting with the 1925 novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward, adapted to the stage the following year by Heyward and his wife Dorothy. With the subsequent involvement of composer George Gershwin and his lyricist brother Ira the non-musical play became an opera, which premiered in 1935 and has since been revived repeatedly and performed throughout the world. A film version was made in 1959. The work is discussed by performers who have appeared in various productions, social historians who examine the piece's racial implications and the controversies it has inspired, musicologists, and others.

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