Porgy and Bess | Umstead Park United Church of Christ | Stage | Indy Week
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Porgy and Bess 

When: June 9-25 2017
Price: $20-$27

If ever a masterpiece needed to be tampered with, Porgy and Bess, which debuted on Broadway in 1935, was the one. It's too long and logistically problematic to be staged very often, not to mention controversial for its operatic aspirations and dodgy racial stereotypes. A theatrical dream team including director Diane Paulus, playwright Suzan Lori-Parks, and composer Diedre Murray decided in the early 2000s that a fundamental revision of the script and score was needed. The result drew mixed reviews and a public letter of condemnation from Stephen Sondheim. But it also introduced millions of new theatergoers to an American classic made more relevant to contemporary culture. Deb Royals directs this Justice Theater Project production starring Danielle J. Long and Phillip Bernard Smith in the title roles. —Byron Woods

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