Season 27, Episode 1 New York City Opera: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

First Aired: March 20, 2002

The New York City Opera presents “Porgy and Bess,” George Gershwin's fusion of blues, jazz and symphonic music that muses on black life in 1920s Charleston, S.C. Based on the Houston Grand Opera's 1976 production, this version stars Alvy Powell as the disabled begger Porgy, who takes in the fun-loving Bess (Marquita Lister) when she's abandoned by her evil lover, Crown. Songs include “I Got Plenty o' Nuttin',” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” “It Ain't Necessarily So” and “Summertime.”

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  • Premiered: January 30, 1976
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: Classical selections, dance, opera, jazz and other music from New York's Lincoln Center. Winner of numerous Emmys and two Peabody Awards, it's one of TV's most durable cultural showcases. In 1976, the year of its debut, it featured the first live telecasts… (more)

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