The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - National Tour

A stunning and stirring new staging of the Gershwins' masterwork.

Kingsley Leggs, Alvin Crawford & More Complete the Tour Cast of Porgy and Bess

Catfish Row just got a slew of new inhabitants! Complete casting has been announced for the national tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, starring Alicia Hall Moran and Nathaniel Stampley. The cast will include Alvin Crawford as Crown, Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life, Sumayya Ali as Clara, Denisha Ballew as Serena, Danielle Lee Greaves as Mariah and David Hughey as Jake. The previously announced Philip Boykin withdrew from the tour and will not  reprise his Tony-nominated performance as Crown.

The national tour will premiere at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco on November 10 and travel to over 20 cities in its first season, including Pittsburgh and Tempe.

Crawford has appeared on Broadway in The Lion King, Candide, Miss Saigon and The Buddy Holly Story. Leggs was most recently seen on the national tour of Sister Act, where he reprised the role of Curtis Jackson that he created on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include The Color Purple and Miss Saigon. Ali appeared in the Broadway production of Porgy and Bess, as well as Ragtime! and Lost in the Stars. Ballew’s regional credits include Barber’s River of Time, Magic Flute and Porgy and Bess. Greaves’ bowed on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire, Rent, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard and Show Boat. Hughey made his Broadway debut in Porgy and Bess.

The ensemble features Dan Barnhill, Vanjah Boikai, Adrianna M. Cleveland, Roosevelt André Credit, Cicily Dainels, Dwelvan David, Nkrumah Gatling, Tamar Greene, Nicole Adell Johnson, James Earl Jones II, Quentin Oliver Lee, Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Sarita Rachelle Lilly, Kent Overshown, Chauncey Packer, Lindsay Roberts, Fred Rose and Soara-Joye Ross.

Set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, Porgy and Bess follows beautiful Bess (Hall Moran) as she struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the crippled but courageous Porgy (Stampley). The revised production of the classic Gershwin opera features the famous songs "Summertime," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," "I Got Plenty o' Nothin'" and "It Ain't Necessarily So."

The Diane Paulus-helmed revival opened at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre on January 12, 2012 and ran for 293 performances. The production won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical as well as a trophy for leading lady Audra McDonald.

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