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Album Release Date:
 May 22, 2012

This is a two-disc set.

what the critics are saying

“A luscious piece of musical theatre! Audra McDonald is a magnificent Bess, Norm Lewis a heartachingly vital Porgy, and the entire cast plays both the drama and the music for keeps.”

“A great achievement that left me breathless.”
–The New Yorker

“A gorgeous, transportative theatrical rapture! This uncontestably beautiful production kept the audience absolutely rapt, ravished by two hours of one of the greatest scores ever written for the American theatre.”
–New York Magazine

“As rapturous as ever. This new production is a canny and exuberant re-affirmation of the original's enduring brilliance. Norm Lewis is a revelation.”
–USA Today

Porgy and Bess soars. Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis make this a must-see!”

“A gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece. Diane Paulus and Suzan-Lori Parks have protected and cared for this theatrical baby as well as the actors on stage coo over Clara's swaddled infant boy. Together they have tightened and tweaked and beautifully improved the original opera. Audra McDonald gives a stunning performance. ”
–Associated Press

Porgy and Bess
New Broadway Cast Recording

“The #1 Musical of the Year! A Don't-Miss Event!” is how Time magazine welcomed The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess upon its triumphant return to Broadway in a new production starring four-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, Drama Desk-nominee Norm Lewis, and three-time Tony Award-nominee David Alan Grier. The Associated Press hailed it as "a gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece," while Newsday proclaimed it "a luscious piece of musical theatre: a gripping, in-your-face, vibrant revival that bursts with fierce immediacy.” Of Ms. McDonald, The New York Times swooned, "For devastating theatrical impact, it’s hard to imagine any hurricane matching the tempest that is the extraordinary Audra McDonald's Bess. And when she sings — ah, it’s a God-touched voice that turns suffering and ugliness into beauty." Newsday praised Norm Lewis’s “heartachingly vital Porgy,” while David Alan Grier brings “comic relief and wonderful showmanship” (Entertainment Weekly) to the role of Sportin' Life. Revered for its legendary score by George Gershwin, Dubose & Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin -- featuring such classics as "Summertime," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing" -- The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has been reimagined and reinvigorated for the modern stage by a team that includes Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, musical adapter Diedre L. Murray and director Diane Paulus. PS Classics proudly presents the New Broadway Cast Recording of one of the most beloved works of the American musical theatre.

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track listing

Disc One:
  1. Overture
  2. Summertime
  3. Roll Them Bones
  4. A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
  5. Porgy’s Entrance
  6. Crap Game
  7. The Killing of Robbins
  8. Gone, Gone, Gone
  9. My Man’s Gone Now
  10. Leaving for the Promised Land
  11. It Takes a Long Pull to Get There
  12. I Got Plenty of Nothing
  13. I Hates Your Strutting Style
  14. "Picnics is all right..."
  15. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
  16. Oh, I Can’t Sit Down

Disc Two:

  1. It Ain’t Necessarily So
  2. What You Want With Bess?
  3. Oh, Doctor Jesus
  4. "I was powerful sick..."
  5. Street Cries
  6. I Loves You, Porgy
  7. The Storm Approaches
  8. Oh, The Lord Shake the Heaven
  9. A Red Headed Woman
  10. Oh, Doctor Jesus (Reprise)
  11. Clara, Don't You Be Downhearted
  12. Summertime (Reprise)
  13. The Death of Crown
  14. There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon
  15. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?
  16. Oh Lord, I’m on My Way

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