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Porgy and Bess: An American Voice 

A documentary detailing the history of Gershwin's opera and DuBose Heyward's original novel "Porgy", and the impact it has had on its casts and audiences as well as U.S. black culture in ... See full summary »

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Nigel Noble
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Ruby Dee ... Herself / Narrator
Christopher Jones ... Young DuBose Heyward
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maya Angelou ... Herself
Jonathan Brody Jonathan Brody ... George Gershwin
Anne Brown Anne Brown ... Bess (archive footage)
Bob Bruner Bob Bruner ... DuBose Heyward (as Robert Bruner)
Grace Bumbry Grace Bumbry ... Herself
Cab Calloway ... Himself / Sportin' Life
Kitty Carlisle ... Herself (as Kitty Carlisle Hart)
Diahann Carroll ... Herself
Todd Duncan ... Himself / Porgy
Simon Estes Simon Estes ... Himself
Damon Evans ... Himself
Martha Flowers Martha Flowers ... Herself
Frances Gershwin Godowsky Frances Gershwin Godowsky ... Herself
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A documentary detailing the history of Gershwin's opera and DuBose Heyward's original novel "Porgy", and the impact it has had on its casts and audiences as well as U.S. black culture in general, with rare archival footage of the 1952 world tour, and clips from the 1993 television production. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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KQED, Vanguard Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo
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