Theater: Musicals

'The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess,' Tour

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Company

Porgy Tour LP (Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold)
George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, writers; Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre L. Murray, adaptation; Diane Paulus, dir.; Ronald K. Brown, choreo.; Constantine Kitsopoulos, music supervisor; Telsey + Company/Justin Huff, casting.

Production Description

Casting the SETA touring production of "The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess."

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearsals begin Oct. 14 in NYC; tour begins Nov. 12.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays: $890 min./wk. Equity Short Engagement Touring Agreement.

Auditions

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The following roles have been cast

Actors may be considered for possible replacements if needed:

PORGY
CAST. Male, late 30s – 40s, African American. A crippled beggar and gambler who is virile and attractive. Good hearted and noble, he defends and takes in Bess when the other residents of Catfish Row shun her and he competes for her love against the violent Crown. Must be an exceptionally strong, emotive singer. Lyric baritone. PRINCIPAL (HAS BEEN CAST)

BESS
CAST. Female, 30s – 40s, African-American. Crown’s girl who is left to defend herself when he flees town. She is shunned by the town but taken in by the cripple Porgy, with whom she falls in love. She is beautiful, soulful, and experienced. High Soprano. PRINCIPAL (HAS BEEN CAST)

CROWN
CAST. Male, 30s – 40s, African American. A violent stevedore. He kills Robbins in a drunken craps game and goes into hiding. While abusive, he has a great sexual energy and power over Bess, to whom he was originally married. He competes for her love against his foil, the kind-hearted but crippled Porgy. High Lyric Baritone. PRINCIPAL (HAS BEEN CAST)

JAKE
CAST. Male, 30s, African American. A strong, salt-of-the-earth fisherman and husband to Clara. Desperate for money for his family, he is forced to take his boat out during a violent storm. Jake will be part of the ensemble. Must be a strong singer. Lyric Baritone. PRINCIPAL (HAS BEEN CAST)

SERENA
CAST. Female, 30s – 50s, African American. Mature wife of the gambler Robbins. She mourns his death when he is killed by Crown during a craps game. Must be an exceptionally strong, emotive singer. Soprano. PRINCIPAL (HAS BEEN CAST)

CLARA
CAST. Female, 20s – 30s, African American. A young mother and wife to the fisherman Jake. She sings a lullaby to her child and fears for her husband who is adrift at sea during a storm. Must be a strong singer. Soprano. PRINCIPAL (HAS BEEN CAST)

DETECTIVE
CAST. Male, 40s-60s, Caucasian, Non-Singing. He is the detective that is summoned to Catfish Row to investigate the murder of Robbins and then later the murder of Crown. We’re looking for an actor who can create a multi-layered character that is neither the bad cop nor the good cop. He is a practical man who has a job to do and will do whatever he needs to do to catch the killer, even imprison an innocent man to smoke out the guilty one. PRINCIPAL (HAS BEEN CAST)