Cincinnati Opera is pleased to present “Porgy and Bess Redux,” a 45-minute version of the Gershwins’ great American opera. The production is touring schools and community centers now through February 19, with six public performances scheduled throughout the tri-state area.
“Porgy and Bess Redux” takes place on the fictional street of Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina, and explores the community of African Americans living in the neighborhood, from the sly Sportin’ Life to the motherly Maria. The story tells of the romance between Porgy, a handicapped man with a heart full of love, and Bess, a beautiful woman struggling to break free from a troubled past. The production features the best-loved songs from the opera, evocative sets and costumes, and an accomplished cast of five young opera singers. Audiences will hear such favorites as “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Loves You Porgy.”
Like the opera, “Porgy and Bess Redux” contains mature themes, including mild profanity, drug use, mild violence, and a suggestive embrace. It is recommended for audiences aged 13 to adult.