Concert program for the Cheryl Crawford production of George Gershwin's folk opera Porgy and Bess (lyrics by Du Bose Heyward and Ira Gershwin), performed October 5, 6, 7 and 8, 1944. Ms. Crawford's production (co-produced by John J. Wildberg) was a shortened version of the opera refashioned more in the style of musical theatre. The production was very successful on Broadway and was taken on transcontinental tours as well. According to an article in the October 1, 1944 Oregonian, this stop was a part of the third such tour. The production featured performers Etta Moten, William Franklin, Avon Long, Edward Matthews and the Eva Jessye choir. Conductor was Alexander Smallens.
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ELLISON-WHITE BUREAU AND S. HUROK Present CHERYL CRAWFORD'S PRODUCTION OF GEORGE GERSHWIN and DU BOSE HEYWARD'S "PORGY AND BESS" (Founded on the play, "Porgy," by Du Bose and Dorothy Heyward) with ETTA MOTEN —WILLIAM FRANKLIN— AVON LONG EDWARD MATTHEWS THE EVA JESSYE CHOIR ALEXANDER SMALLENS, Conductor Tibor Kozma, Assistant Conductor Music by George Gershwin Book by DuBose Heyward ' Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin Directed by Robert Ross Choral Director, Eva Jessye Settings by Herbert Andrews Costumes supervised by Paul Du Pont ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, JOHN J. WILDBERG * PORTLAND PUBLIC AUDITORIUM Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 5, 6, 7 — 8:30 P.M. Sunday, October 8 — 2:30 P. M. CAST (In the order in which they will appear) Maria Georgette Harvey Lily Catherine Ayers Annie Musa Williams Clara Harriet Jackson Jake Edward Matthews Sportin' Life Avon Long Mingo Jerry Laws Robbins Henry Davis Serena Alma Hubbard Jim William C. Smith Peter Russell Cooper Porgy William Franklin Crown Warren Coleman Bess Etta Moten Policeman Roger Gerry Detective Richard Bowler Undertaker Coyal McMahan Lawyer Frazier Charles Welch Nelson Charles Coleman Strawberry Woman Catherine Ayers Crab Man Leslie Gray Coroner Clinton King Residents of Catfish Row, fishermen, children, stevedores, etc. The Eva Jessye Choir: Olive Ball, Eulabel Riley, Louisa Howard, Assotta Marshall, Sadie McGill, Annabelle Ross, Zelda Shelton, Lillian Cowan, Nell Plante, Edna Waker, Musa Williams, John Diggs, Leslie Gray, Jerry Laws, William C. Smith, Charles Coleman, Coyal McMahan, Oscar Plante and George Fisher. Children: Harvey McGill, Viola Williams, Gwendolyn Jackson, Lionel Le Gall, Raymond Bernard. When William Franklin is not singing the role of Porgy, Edward Matthews substitutes for him. When Etta Moten is not singing the role of Bess, Lillian Cowan substitutes for her. (Program continued) Coming... JAN PEERCE Thursday, October 26, 8:30 P. M. GENERAL PLATOFF DON COSSACKS . Saturday, Nov. 11, 8:30 P.M. NEW YORK CITY OPERA COMPANY— "Gypsy Baron" November 13 and 14, 8:30 P.M. "la Boheme" November 15, 8:30 P. M. PROGRAM (Concluded) SYNOPSIS OF SCENES AND MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT I. Scene 1—Catfish Row. A Summer Evening. Lullaby: "Summer Time" Clara "A Woman is a Sometime Thing" Jake and Ensemble Entrance of Porgy: "They Pass by Singing" Porgy Crap Game in Fugue. Scene 2—Serena's Room. The Following Night. "Gone, Gone, Gone" Ensemble "Overflow" Ensemble Arioso: "My Man's Gone Now" Serena and Ensemble Train Song: "Leavin' for de Promis' Lan'" Bess and Ensemble Intermission—Ten Minutes ACT II. Scene 1—Catfish Row. A Month Later. Rowing Song: "It Takes a Long Pull to Get There" Jake and Ensemble "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'" Porgy Divorce Scene: "Woman to Lady" Porgy, Bess, Frazier and Ensemble Duet: "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" Porgy and Bess Picnic Scene "Oh, I Can't Sit Down" Orphan Band and Ensemble Scene 2—A Palmetto Jungle. Evening of the Same Day. "It Ain't Necessarily So" Sportin' Life and Ensemble Duet: "What You Want With Bess" Crown and Bess Scene 3—Catfish Row. Before Dawn, a Week Later. "Time and Time Again" Serena and Ensemble Street Cries: Strawberry Woman, Crab Man. Duet: "I Love You, Porgy" Porgy and Bess Scene 4—Serena's Room. Dawn of the Following Day. "Oh, de Lawd Shake de Heaven" Ensemble "Red Headed Woman" Crown and Ensemble Intermission—Ten Minutes ACT III. Scene 1—Catfish Row. The Next Night. "Clara, Don't You Be Downhearted" Ensemble Scene 2—Catfish Row. Early Morning. "There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York" Sportin' Life and Bess Scene 3—Catfish Row. Five Days Later. "Where's My Bess" Porgy "I'm On My Way" Porgy and Ensemble STAFF FOR PORGY AND BESS General Manager Charles Stewart Company Manager Clarence Jacobson General Press Representative Jean Dalrymple Press Representative Al Dalzell Associate Press Representative Lars Jorgensen Stage Manager Roger Gerry Assistant Stage Manager Clinton King Assistant Properties Charles Ellis Manager Orchestra Personnel Chester Barclay Wardrobe Margaret Wills Carpenter Cy Wasserman Assistant Carpenter George Kay Electrician Jack O'Brien Assistant Electrician Paul Sporke Properties George Kelly Box Office, courtesy of the J. K. Gill Company. For numbers on this program, inquire at the Music Room, Central Library ELLISON-WHITE BUREAU Presents PORTLAND'S DE LUXE ARTISTS SERIES Season 1944-45 RICHARD CROOKS, Tenor, with WILLIAM PRIMROSE, Violist JAN PEERCE, Tenor DOROTHY MAYNOR, Soprano ZINO FRANCESCATTI, Violinist LUBOSHOTZ and NEMENOFF Duo Pianists NEW YORK CITY OPERA COMPANY In "La Boheme" BALLET THEATRE Save Money with Season Tickets $12.00 —$8.40 —$6.00 ELLISON-WHITE BUREAU Studio Bldg. BEacon 0537 Decca Album No. 145 "PORGY and BESS" With the Original Cast Price $4.68 The J. K. Gill Company 408 S. W. Fifth Avenue PORTLAND 4, OREGON
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October 5, 1944