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Porgy and Bess in Revival

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0033
Subject:
Music, History, American

Less than a year after Gershwin's death, Merle Armitage launched the first revival of Porgy and Bess. However, the great Southern California flood of March 3 prevented planned visits to other cities, ... More


Porgy and Bess on Disc, Film, and the Concert Stage

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0034
Subject:
Music, History, American

During the original Broadway run of Porgy and Bess, Gershwin prepared a five-movement orchestral suite, allegedly hoping in this way to salvage some of the music cut from the Theatre Guild ... More


Contextualizing Race and Gender in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Naomi André

in Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041921
eISBN:
9780252050619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041921.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter addresses Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess story as it was told in 1935 awash in minstrel characterizations and then adapted in 2011 on Broadway to rethink how the depth inherent in the ... More


Porgy and Bess (1935)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0031
Subject:
Music, History, American

Porgy and Bess, which could now be considered as much a “folk” as a “jazz” opera, occupied George Gershwin and Dubose Heyward for about two years, from the fall of 1933 to its Broadway premiere on ... More


George Gershwin and African American Music

Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195098228
eISBN:
9780199869817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter details Gershwin's early contacts with African American music and musicians. His Blue Monday Blues of 1922, a failed attempt at writing an operatic scene about Negro characters, is sung ... More


Performers in Catfish Row: as Collaboration

Gwynne Kuhner Brown

in Blackness in Opera

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036781
eISBN:
9780252093890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036781.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter challenges the assumption that George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess is something done by whites to blacks by highlighting the indispensable, active role played by African American performers ... More


George Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Catfish Row: Mr. Gershwin Tells the Ongin and Scheme for His Music in that New Folk Opera Called ‘Porgy and Bess’” (1935)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0057
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's explanation about the origin and scheme for his music in the folk opera Porgy and Bess, which was published in the October 20, 1935, issue of the ... More


Decisions (1957–1959)

Aram Goudsouzian

in Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807828434
eISBN:
9781469603605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807875841_goudsouzian.12
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details events in Sidney Poitier's life from 1957–1959, focusing on his films Porgy and Bess and The Defiant Ones. Poitier initially rejected the lead in Porgy and Bess because it ... More


I Loves You, Porgy

David Luhrssen

in Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136769
eISBN:
9780813141336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136769.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The Theatre Guild approached Mamoulian to direct the 1935 premiere of Gershwin's “folk opera” Porgy and Bess. Insisting on artistic control, Mamoulian helped shape the musical with an all-black cast ... More


Joseph Swain: From “America’s Folk Opera” (1990)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0053
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents an excerpt from Joseph Swain's 1990 book The Broadway Musical: A Critical and Musical Survey focusing on George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Swain analyzes what got Gershwin ... More


The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

George Gershwin is one of the giants of American music, unique in that he was both a brilliant writer of popular songs and of more serious music. This book offers a collection of writings by ... More


Brooks Atkinson and Olin Downes: “Porgy and Bess, Native Opera, Opens at the Alvin; Gershwin’s Work Based on DuBose Heyward’s Play” (1935)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0056
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of Brooks Atkinson and Olin Downes' review of the premiere of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess in New York, which was published in the October 11, 1935, issue of ... More


Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen

David Luhrssen

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136769
eISBN:
9780813141336
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136769.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The Armenian-American director Rouben Mamoulian remains one of the most under acknowledged filmmakers from Hollywood's Golden Age. With Applause (1929), Mamoulian restored motion to the movies by ... More


From Otello to Porgy: Blackness, Masculinity, and Morality in Opera

Naomi André

in Blackness in Opera

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036781
eISBN:
9780252093890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036781.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter explores representations of blackness in opera in relation to masculinity and morality. More specifically, it considers the changing codes of masculinity in leading male roles and how ... More


Nanette Kutner: “Radio Pays a Debt” (1936)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0062
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of Nanette Kutner's 1936 account of the role of radio in the production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Kutner reveals that Gershwin's 1934 radio show Music ... More


Porgy 1949–1970

Alyn Shipton

in Hi-de-ho: The Life of Cab Calloway

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195141535
eISBN:
9780190268398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195141535.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the part played by Cab Calloway in the revival of Porgy and Bess. The depression that had enveloped Cab since he laid off his big band began to lift as he threw himself into ... More


Anne Brown: From an Interview by Robert Wyatt (1995)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0059
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of the transcribed version of Anne Brown's 1995 interview with Robert Wyatt concerning her thoughts about the production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. ... More


Blue Monday Blues

Ethan Mordden

in Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199892839
eISBN:
9780199367696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter focuses on musicals during the Depression. Musicals remained largely escapist and engaged in social critique mainly for novelty. The discussion includes the following musicals: I'd ... More


Star Turns

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199754298
eISBN:
9780199949878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

Hermes Pan stages dances for James Cagney in Never Steal Anything Small at Universal-International Pictures before starting work on Porgy and Bess for Samuel Goldwyn. He then moves on to television ... More


Will Marion Cook

Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195098228
eISBN:
9780199869817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter describes various highlights in the life of Dvor'k's student, Will Marion Cook, composer, conductor, and violinist. “Doc” Cook, was mentor, guide, and/or adviser to countless American ... More


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