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Actor David Alan Grier On Starring In Broadway's 'Porgy and Bess'

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Actor David Alan Grier stops by to discuss his return to Broadway in the adaptation of The Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess."

Grier received his second Tony Award nomination in 2010 for his role in David Mamet's Race. He was also nominated for a Tony Award for his work in "The First" and drew acclaim for his stage performances in "Dreamgirls," "A Soldier's Play" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Grier is recognizable from his role on the Emmy Award-winning "In Living Color," and has since played many memorable characters both on stage and film. Grier received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS comes to Broadway in a stunning and stirring new staging, featuring such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty Of Nothing," plus a remarkable cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, "Private Practice"), Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Sondheim on Sondheim) and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (Race, "In Living Color").

The classic story by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward 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 crippled but 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 that triumphs as one of theater's most exhilarating love stories.

Following its sold-out world premiere engagement at Boston's American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), one of Broadway's most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony-nominated 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), now brings George and Ira Gershwin's legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.

The creative team also includes choreographer Ronald K. Brown, set designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer ESosa, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind and sound designer Acme Sound Partners. The A.R.T. production of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Rebecca Gold.

Previews began on Saturday, December 17th, 2011 and the show opens on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street, between 8th Avenue and Broadway). Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929.

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