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June 7, 1995 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sportin' Life is a wily fella. The seductive hustler of "Porgy and Bess," which opens tonight as the final entry in the Los Angeles Music Center Opera season, uses his evanescent ways to bewitch poor Bess. Not surprisingly, it takes a winsome performer to play him well. But fortunately for George Gershwin's opera, Larry Marshall is something of a charming chameleon himself.
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June 9, 1995 | RANDY LEWIS
To mike or not to mike--that is the question. Producers of the Houston Grand Opera's touring "Porgy and Bess" are letting each local presenter decide whether to amplify singers' voices. In San Diego in March, the decision was to amplify; in Los Angeles, where the show opened last night, the vote was nay. "Porgy" opens June 21 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, where "the decision won't be made until the show sets up here and does a sound check," a center spokesman said Thursday.
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June 1, 1995 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Houston Grand Opera's new touring production of "Porgy and Bess" arrived in San Diego in early March, everyone assumed that it was the same staging that would play the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion June 7-18 and the Orange County Performing Arts Center June 21-25. It ain't necessarily so. With a new director currently making a number of changes in the original Hope Clarke production, that Houston "Porgy" will definitely look different in its return to the Southland next week. How different?
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June 7, 1995 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sportin' Life is a wily fella. The seductive hustler of "Porgy and Bess," which opens tonight as the final entry in the Los Angeles Music Center Opera season, uses his evanescent ways to bewitch poor Bess. Not surprisingly, it takes a winsome performer to play him well. But fortunately for George Gershwin's opera, Larry Marshall is something of a charming chameleon himself.
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March 5, 1995 | Kenneth Herman, Kenneth Herman is a free-lance music writer based in San Diego. and
Like its title character, George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" has gone begging for much of its life. In Europe, ironically, Gershwin's rich evocation of African American life on Charleston's Catfish Row is regarded as America's greatest opera. But on its native soil, "Porgy" remained hat in hand outside locked opera house doors for 40 years after its 1935 debut in Boston's Colonial Theatre.
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January 19, 1993 | DAVID GRITTEN
Trevor Nunn's interpretation of the work has found favor with Gershwin's heirs. "He's given the characters an emotional base in a way no one has done before," said Michael Strunsky, nephew of Leonore Gershwin and sole trustee and executor of Ira Gershwin's estate, which has managed "Porgy and Bess" for the last 40 years. Speaking by phone from his San Francisco office, Strunsky said Nunn had "given a sense of nobility to Porgy, his integrity and belief in the future.
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January 19, 1993 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Trevor Nunn couldn't believe what he was hearing. The English director--who ran the Royal Shakespeare Company here for 18 years and has directed such plays as "Nicholas Nickleby" and hit musicals as "Les Miserables," "Cats," "Starlight Express" and "Aspects of Love"--thought he had a sure thing on his hands when he was granted permission to make a movie version of George Gershwin's opera masterpiece "Porgy and Bess."
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June 9, 1995 | RANDY LEWIS
To mike or not to mike--that is the question. Producers of the Houston Grand Opera's touring "Porgy and Bess" are letting each local presenter decide whether to amplify singers' voices. In San Diego in March, the decision was to amplify; in Los Angeles, where the show opened last night, the vote was nay. "Porgy" opens June 21 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, where "the decision won't be made until the show sets up here and does a sound check," a center spokesman said Thursday.
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January 1, 2000 | M. DION THOMPSON, BALTIMORE SUN
In an exercise sure to start arguments among music lovers, National Public Radio has created its list of the 100 most important American musical works of the century. The list started with 300 songs suggested by a group of producers, artists and experts familiar to NPR. In mid-October, NPR allowed the public to vote on the selection. More than 13,000 listeners cast their votes online and through the mail. A panel of 15 musicians considered the same 300 songs.
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June 1, 1995 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Houston Grand Opera's new touring production of "Porgy and Bess" arrived in San Diego in early March, everyone assumed that it was the same staging that would play the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion June 7-18 and the Orange County Performing Arts Center June 21-25. It ain't necessarily so. With a new director currently making a number of changes in the original Hope Clarke production, that Houston "Porgy" will definitely look different in its return to the Southland next week. How different?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 1995 | Kenneth Herman, Kenneth Herman is a free-lance music writer based in San Diego. and
Like its title character, George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" has gone begging for much of its life. In Europe, ironically, Gershwin's rich evocation of African American life on Charleston's Catfish Row is regarded as America's greatest opera. But on its native soil, "Porgy" remained hat in hand outside locked opera house doors for 40 years after its 1935 debut in Boston's Colonial Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 1993 | DAVID GRITTEN
Trevor Nunn's interpretation of the work has found favor with Gershwin's heirs. "He's given the characters an emotional base in a way no one has done before," said Michael Strunsky, nephew of Leonore Gershwin and sole trustee and executor of Ira Gershwin's estate, which has managed "Porgy and Bess" for the last 40 years. Speaking by phone from his San Francisco office, Strunsky said Nunn had "given a sense of nobility to Porgy, his integrity and belief in the future.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 1993 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Trevor Nunn couldn't believe what he was hearing. The English director--who ran the Royal Shakespeare Company here for 18 years and has directed such plays as "Nicholas Nickleby" and hit musicals as "Les Miserables," "Cats," "Starlight Express" and "Aspects of Love"--thought he had a sure thing on his hands when he was granted permission to make a movie version of George Gershwin's opera masterpiece "Porgy and Bess."
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June 10, 1994 | Jan Herman
Think of it: Carol Channing starring in "Hello, Dolly!" again, 30 years after she originated the title role. Now that's chutzpah. Next June, when she gets to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, which announced earlier this week that the musical will be part of its 1994-95 Broadway Series, she'll be past 74. More power to her. But do you really want to see a septuagenarian Dolly Levi? I suppose there's no law against one. Dolly doesn't really have to dance in the show.
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June 9, 1995 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
So what is "Porgy and Bess" anyway? Opera or musical? George Gershwin called his ambitious masterpiece a "folk opera," and the complex score certainly supports the label. The premiere production in 1935, however, was a truncated, prettified, watered-down Broadway effort, and many subsequent versions have stressed the inherent jazzy diversions at the expense of tragic pathos.
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