KRAVIS CENTER: Individual Tix Go On Sale This Saturday for The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS

KRAVIS CENTER: Individual Tix Go On Sale This Saturday for The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS
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Individual Tickets Go On Sale This Saturday for
The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS

(September 26, 2013) The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performance Arts today announced that the public could start purchasing individual tickets this Saturday for the national tour of The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS. This Kravis On Broadway presentation will run January 7-12, 2014, sponsored by Mrs. Ari Rifkin and Adele Siegel.

Individual tickets for The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS will be available for purchase starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, at the Kravis Center box office at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., online at, or by phone at (561) 832-7469 or (800) 572-8471. Groups can call (561) 651-4438 or (561) 651-4304.

The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS

See what Time Magazine exclaims is, “A don’t miss theatre event! The #1 Broadway musical of the year.” Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS is hitting the road in a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

Accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra, the national tour will feature many of the Broadway cast members including Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy and Alicia Hall Moran as Bess. Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS features one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), who brought George and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.

Praised by The New Yorker as, “A great achievement!” and hailed by the Associated Press as, “a gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece,” the classic story of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance vytap that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.

Before presenting the world premiere production of The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS during its 2011/12 season the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University first produced the groundbreaking immersive theater event Sleep No More in an empty school in Brookline, MA and developed Once the Musical in its club theater venue OBERON. This past season the A.R.T. went on to mount the world premiere engagements of the 2013 Tony Award®-winning revival of Pippin and the critically acclaimed, upcoming Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie starring Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith.

Following its sold-out engagement at A.R.T., The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS moved to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway for a limited engagement with an official opening on January 12, 2012. After extending the show twice, The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS closed on September 23, 2012 after 322 performances, making it the longest running production of PORGY AND BESS to ever play Broadway. The 2012 Broadway Cast Recording of The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS is now available on PS Classics.

PORGY AND BESS first premiered at the Colonial Theatre in Boston on September 30, 1935. Broadway performances followed featuring a cast of classically trained African-American singers — a daring and visionary artistic choice at the time. This new adaptation of The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS was specifically created for Broadway and features a revised book in a musical theatre format and jazz-oriented musical arrangements.

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About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL.  For more information, please call 561-832-7469 or visit

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