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:
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*.