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Ira Gershwin

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Interviews & Profiles

Audra McDonald (left) and Norm Lewis play the title characters in a new and controversial take on Porgy and Bess.

August 21, 2011 A new production of the classic Gershwin opera takes a surprisingly story-driven approach.

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October 10, 2005 George Gershwin's iconic opera about black life in South Carolina debuted 70 years ago on Broadway.

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Gershwin

February 13, 2000 At age 25, George Gershwin took only three weeks to compose his most identifiable masterpiece.

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George Gershwin making alterations to the score for 'Porgy and Bess'.

October 8, 2000 Was this work an opera or a musical, a serious work or a patronizing minstrel show?

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A Damsel in Distress

November 15, 2011 A 1937 Gershwin film features some of the brothers' best tunes and some delightful ensemble dances.

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  • Album: Star Is Born [Prism]
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  • Released: 2005
 

George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

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  • Album: George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
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  • Label: Shout Factory/Bethlehem
  • Released: 2005