Box Office – The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Jun 11 – Jun 29, 2014

By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
Book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks 

Musical Score adapted by Diedre L. Murray

Directed by Diane Paulus

“The #1 Broadway Musical of the Year!” - Time

Winner of the 2012 TONY AWARD® FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is hitting the road with award-winning members of the Broadway cast in this stunning and stirring new staging. Accompanied by a lush 23-piece orchestra, this re-envisioned Broadway production includes such legendary songs as “Summertime,”It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”


Special offer for Dinnner and a Show!

Include a special prix-fixe dinner with your ticket purchase.

Click HERE to purchase your show tickets and dinner. 

Prix-fixe consists of:
Appetizer – Choice of: Goat Cheese Bruschetta, Mediterranean Nachos, Housemade Hummus or Bleu Cheese Chip Snacker 
Entrée – Choice of: Flame Grilled New York Strip Steak, Woodford Reserve Bourbon Salmon, Miso Mahi, Bourbon Chicken and Grilled Shrimp or Lobster and Shrimp Mac ‘n Cheese 
Dessert – Choice of: Double Chocolate Cake, Warm Apple Bread Pudding, Strawberry Cheesecake, or Triple Chocolate Brownie

For $40 per person, receive a three course prix-fixe menu, starting at 6 PM on the evening of your show.
Guarantees pre-show dinner reservation at Gordon Biersch in Pacific Place, 600 Pine Street Suite 401.
Added Bonus: On Tuesday-Thursday, receive a complimentary brewery tour at 5:30 PM before dinner, complete with beer tastings.

Note: A representative of Gordon Biersch will be follow up with each patron via email or phone to confirm reservations and details of the dinner package. Price of dinner add-on is $40 per person, including tax. Gratuity not included.

Not available less than 48 hours to selected performance. For weekend performances, dinner package must be purchased by the preceding Friday at 1PM.

Cast & Crew

NATHANIEL STAMPLEY (Porgy). West End: The Lion King (Disney UK Ltd.). Broadway: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, The Color Purple, The Lion King. Fiorello!, Lost in the Stars, NY City Center’s Encores!; Abyssinia, North Shore Music Theatre; Pacific Overtures, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Strike Up the Band, Auditorium Theatre’s Ovations!; Violet, Big River, Apple Tree Theatre; The Skylight Opera Theater’s Girl Crazy, The King and I; Link Up with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall; Musical Introduction Series at 92Y.

ALICIA HALL MORAN (Bess) is thrilled to portray Bess in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess after performing in the Company of the workshop, the A.R.T. premiere, and finally as the Bess alternate and understudy in Broadway’s Tony-winning production. Moran’s musical background includes critically-acclaimed concerts and collaborations in Dance, Jazz, Classical Music and Fine Arts. A California native, Moran lives in New York with husband and frequent collaborator, pianist Jason Moran, and their sons.

ALVIN CRAWFORD (Crown). Broadway: The Lion King, Candide, Miss Saigon, The Buddy Holly Story. Off-Broadway/Regional: Pirates Of Penzance, Big River, A Raisin In The Sun, (Phylicia Rashad Dir.) Famous Orpheus, Martin Guerre, Street Scene. Film/ TV: And So It Goes (2014 release), It Runs In The Family, Clarence, Pray For Me, South Pacific. Alvin is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

KINGSLEY LEGGS (Sporting Life). Broadway: Sister Act, The Color Purple, Miss Saigon. Touring: Sister Act, Ragtime, Miss Saigon, It Ain’t Nothing but the Blues. Regional: NCT, 5th Avenue, Goodman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Seattle Rep, Ford’s Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, Geffen Playhouse, Laguna Payhouse, Milwaukee Skylight, Alliance Theatre, Marriotts Lincolnshire, The MUNY, St. Louis Black Rep. TV: “City of Angels,” “One Life to Live,” “Law and Order SVU.”

SUMAYYA ALI (Clara, u/s Bess). Broadway/ New York: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Ragtime!, Lost in the Stars. Favorite Regional: Master Class, Ragtime! (Kennedy Center), Oklahoma! (Portland Center Stage). TV/Film: Red Hook Summer, Something Whispered; Boston District winner of Metropolitan Opera Competition, Spelman College, BA, New England Conservatory, MM. Performance dedicated to my lovely teacher Mr. Bonds.

DENISHA BALLEW (Serena). Artist Highlights include: Eliza in Baber’s River of Time (Kennedy Center premiere), 1st Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute (Nashville Opera), Bess in Porgy and Bess (Knoxville Symphony Orchestra) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria).

DANIELLE LEE GREAVES (Mariah). Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire, Rent, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard, Show Boat. New York: The Importance of Being Earnest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Purlie. National Tours: The Lion King, Rent. Film: Growing Up (and Other Lies). Television: “Smash,” “The Big C,” “Rescue Me,” “Damages,” “Whoopi,” “100 Centre Street.” Other: Broadway Inspirational Voices.

DAVID HUGHEY (Jake). Broadway: Sporting Life/Jake (u/s) The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess. Regional: Bernardo West Side Story, Rapunzel’s Prince Into The Woods, Harry Easter Street Scene, Father Children Of Eden. Opera: Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Schaunard La Boheme, Morales Carmen. This performance is dedicated to my amazing parents, Calvin and Linda, for their undying love and support!

DAN BARNHILL (Detective). Broadway: The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. Off-Broadway: The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, dir. William H. Macy (Atlantic Theater Company), Graceland (LCT3). Other: Benten Kozo (The Flea), As You Like It (The Drilling Company), Emerging Artists Theater Co., NYC Fringe, DC Fringe. Toured Europe as the guitarist in a punk band.

VANJAH BOIKAI (Swing, u/s Jake) studied opera at Ohio State. Touring debut; Regional: Barn Theater, Weathervane Playhouse, Opera Columbus. He sings with Condola Rashad’s band Condola and the Stoop Kids. He is thrilled to join this family and tell this classic story. Thanks to family, friends. For Mom and Dad Musu, Leroy Boikai.

ADRIANNA M. CLEVELAND (Woman of Catfish Row, u/s Clara). Native of Pittsburgh, B. M. in voice from Baldwin -Wallace College. Trained by world famous Heldentenor Dr. Timothy Mussard and his wonderful wife, Annie Mussard. Currently a member of the Nouveau Noir Vocal Ensemble directed by Maestro David Jennings-Smith. Thankful for my family and my teachers for inspiring me.

ROOSEVELT ANDRÉ CREDIT (Fisherman). B’way: Show Boat (and national tour), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Off B’way: Marie Christine, The Prince and the Pauper. Regional: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.), Ragtime, I Am Harvey Milk, For the People, (Majestic Theater, Gettysburg), The White House Cantata. Great to be back! Hugs for all!

CICILY DANIELS (Woman of Catfish Row, u/s Mariah). Broadway: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ursula u/s, Alana), All Shook Up (Sylvia u/s), Rent (Joanne u/s). National Tour: Caroline or Change (Washing Machine), TV & Film: “Boardwalk Empire” (Jazz Dancer), “Ugly Betty” (Zelda), Across the Universe. Yale University, B.A. Theater.

DWELVAN DAVID (The Crab Man, u/s Crown). First 1st National Tour. NY: Standby (NYMF 2013) Regional: Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz, Caroline, or Change, Ragtime, Big River, Cats, Show Boat, The Nativity, Hot Mikado. Nominations: BTAA, Louie, Joseph Jefferson. BFA Millikin University. AEA Proud. Shalom Y’all! visit

NKRUMAH GATLING (Ensemble, u/s Jake). is thrilled to be joining the cast of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess! Broadway: Hair. National Tours: Hair, Miss Saigon. Regional: Band Geeks (Goodspeed), Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, Wonderful Life (TUTS). Many thanks and lots of love to Mom and my family!

TAMAR GREENE (Fisherman). is debuting in his first national tour. MM: Eastman. Regional: Viva Verdi (Buffalo Opera Unlimited), RENT (Blackfriar’s), The Wiz (OFC), Trial By Jury (Rochester Lyric Opera), Little Shop of Horrors (RAPA). Much love to my family, friends, and soulmate Jen.

NICOLE ADELL JOHNSON (Woman of Catfish Row, Dance Captain). Baltimore native. Credits: The Lion King (Broadway, national tour), Companies: Lula Washington, Creative Outlet Dance Theater. Him and Us (film), Tannhauser (L.A. Opera). AEA Member. Thank you God, family and friends for your endless love and support.

JAMES EARL JONES II (Robbins, u/s Porgy). Regional: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, First Folio, Writers Theatre, Marriott Theater, Lookingglass, Court Theatre, Lyric Opera Chicago, SF Opera, Theater at the Center, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Northlight, Ravinia, Broadway in Chicago. Love & thanks to his family, friends, Sam/Stewart Talent & Telsey. For Semaje.

QUENTIN OLIVER LEE (Swing; u/s Porgy, Crown) is proud and excited that this is his first professional credit. He sends love to his family, friends & all supporters of local performing arts. More info about Quentin at:

CHERYSE MCLEOD LEWIS (Swing, u/s Bess) is thrilled to join this 1st national tour! Opera Highlights: Carmen (Carmen), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Hansel and Gretel (Hansel). Concert Highlights: Gettysburg Festival, Orchestra Seattle, Greensboro Symphony. Debut Solo CD: Spirituals. www.

SARITA RACHELLE LILLY (The Strawberry Woman). Broadway: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Swing). Regional: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.). Opera: Dead Man Walking (Sister Rose) (New England Premiere - BOC); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mrs. Ford); International: Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica - Urbania, Italy). Much love to Eagles 4.

KENT OVERSHOWN (Mingo, the Undertaker, u/s Porgy). Tour: Memphis (Wailin’ Joe, u/s Bobby, Delray, Gator). Regional: Casa Mañana, MUNY, Westchester Broadway Theatre. Endless thanks to friends and family without whose love and support I wouldn’t be here. Thanks to Telsey and Co and the phenomenal team at Harden-Curtis. Dad, this is for you! Go Blue!

CHAUNCEY PACKER (Honey Man, u/s Sporting Life) is excited to perform in his first Broadway tour. Chauncey has performed operatic roles in Porgy & Bess, La Boheme and others in the US and abroad. Special thanks to family and friends.

LINDSAY ROBERTS (Swing, u/s Clara). National Tours: Memphis (1st National, Felicia u/s). Off-Broadway/Regional: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lost in the Stars (City Center Encores), Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Ragtime (Sarah), Festival of The Lion King (Nala). B.M. University of Maryland. All glory to God!

FRED ROSE (Policeman, u/s Detective). Fred has appeared on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac (w/ Kevin Kline), Company (dir. John Doyle), Cabaret, (Studio 54) and Phantom, as well as in the pit orchestras (cello) of The Boy from Oz and Phantom. He is proud to be a part of this incredible production!

SOARA-JOYE ROSS (Woman of Catfish Row, u/s Serena, u/s Bess). From Dance of the Vampires and Les Miserables on Broadway, Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall, to Elton John’s Aida, this award-winning actress has performed roles throughout the USA and abroad. “Grateful for my family, friends, agency & The Almighty!” www.Soara-


Plan Your Visit

Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail

Arrival Time
Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating
Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.

All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older.  Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 5th Avenue productions are generally suitable for ages 8 and above. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines for each production.

Emergency Contact
Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:
Theater Coat Check phone:  206-625-1294
Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

Coat Check & Assistive Devices
Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats and Braille playbills are available at no charge.  Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.

Food & Drinks
Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Food and drinks, except for bottled soft drinks and water, are not permitted inside the auditorium.

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges
You may exchange your tickets, if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date.  Subscribers may exchange tickets for free.  Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee.  Please note:  Tickets are non-refundable.

You may also donate your tickets back to the non-profit  5th Avenue Theatre and receive a donation receipt for your income taxes. Please call 206-625-1900 prior to your performance  to arrange a ticket donation.

Lost Tickets
If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.

Scalpers & Third-Party Tickets
We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.

Cameras & Recorders
The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy
No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.

Ask an Usher
If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.

Content Advisories

Rated PG

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is set in an African-American fishing community called Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina.  The time is the late 1930s.

Adult Language
There is some mild adult language, mostly a few “hells” and “damns.” There are two uses of “goddamn,” and one of “Jesus” as an exclamation. One character is characterized as a “thieving, lowlife, cheating, no-count, trifling son of a bitch.”

Characters are seen drinking whisky; Crown comes onstage drunk and starts a fight. The character Sporting Life sells both “rotgut liquor” and “happy dust” (cocaine) to some of the residents. Crown’s lover, Bess, is seen both drinking and taking “dust,” but she later swears off both substances after moving in with Porgy.

Two characters are killed onstage during fights, one in the first act and one in the second.

Sexual References
The women of Catfish Row disapprove of Bess, calling her a “liquor-guzzling slut.” Bess finds herself trapped on Kittiwah Island by her former lover, Crown, and quickly realizes that she will not be able to leave until he is satisfied. She then undresses down to her slip and leads him offstage (there is no nudity).

Please Note
The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older.  Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

Singing, Dancing, and Chatting Behind the Scenes

'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess' Tour Montage


'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess' 2013-2014 National Tour


Audiences Love 'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess' National Tour


Seattle Resident Cheryse McLeod Lewis (Bess Understudy) Talks about her favorite songs from the show