Saturday, February 11, 2012

OMG Porgy and Bess

Last week's Photo Friday was a still from the original 1935 production on Porgy and Bess. I dug that one out of the Library of Congress website because I'd seen The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess on Broadway the night before and was still riding high. Unfortunately, the Boy couldn't get of work to join me in Astoria for brunch, so he made up for it by taking me to see the show. He more than made up for it.

I got introduced to Porgy and Bess as a seventh grader playing in a summer orchestra program (not band camp). We played "Summertime" and "I Got Plenty O' Nothin'" and our conductor explained to a bunch of really driven and focused young classical musicians how this sort of jazz-inflected piece was supposed to work. A couple years later, I saw the movie starring Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy Davis, Jr. at a film festival in Harlem and loved it.

Based on a novel, Porgy and Bess is a tragic love story that's as much about a couple as it is about the residents of the Catfish Row community. There's a lot of debate about whether it's a musical, opera, or operetta, but either way, it has a beautiful score. Audra McDonald starred as Bess, and she did a really fantastic job. Even better:
Audra McDonald

Norm Lewis

Both stars took photos with me and signed the poster I'd bought. It's definitely getting framed.

I wanted to look my very best for the theatre, so I wore my cranberry Jantzen vest and skirt set. Who knew an elastic waistband could be so stylish?
Jantzen knit set worn with lace top from H&M, longline bra, backseam tights from Peek Brooklyn and satin pumps

I braved the cold in a 1960s swing coat with mink collar over it and matching mink earmuffs. Norm really liked my matching fur and I was quite flattered *bats eyelashes*.

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