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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Porgy And Bess Bring Gershwin to Detroit {review}

**Thanks to Broadway in Detroit and its PR firm, who supplied complimentary tickets to facilitate this review. I wasn't compensated in any way. In this post I share my thoughts and opinions. Others may have a different experience or opinion.**

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The other night, I had the great privilege of seeing the musical, Porgy and Bess at Detroit Opera House. As a child, I heard some of the songs from the play because my mom would always sing them. As it turns out, the songs were played in her home while she was growing up too.

Porgy and Bess offers its audience a trip back in time to watch a love story between an unlikely pair play out. I was quickly drawn in to the story line and began to cheer on my favorite characters. I found the people I met in this story to be so relatable while I learned not all of them are trustworthy. Audiences with love the "good guys" and hate the "bad guys".

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Photo: M.J. Lutch

Clara {played by Sumayya Ali} and Jake {played by David Hughey}have perfect chemistry as they share about their life as new parents and Jake's fishing career. These two stood out as a favorite couple to watch during the play, as I'm sure others would agree. I loved laughing and crying with them as a couple.

And there's no way I could leave out Porgy {Nathaniel Stampley}. His is a character that I loved immediately but I grew to love even more when he smiled his big smile and sang "I Got Plenty of Nothing".  He is positively magnetic and will steal your heart.

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Photo: M.J. Lutch
Make sure to see this beautiful and breathtaking show while it's in town {March 4th-9th} at Detroit Opera House. Buy your tickets online at Ticketmaster or Broadway in Detroit, in person at the Fisher Theatre box office and at the Detroit Opera House box office. You want to see this play. It is an absolute "do not miss"!



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