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Porgy & Bess: An American Voice (#2308)

The historic saga of George and Ira Gershwin's immortal American opera is traced from the publication of the novel "Porgy" by Dubose Heyward in 1925, the premiere of the opera in 1935, and the many legendary productions that followed through the decades. Kitty Carlisle Hart, Francis Gershwin Godowsky and scholars share their insights and memories. Ruby Dee narrates this retrospective which features interviews and clips of past cast members from the various productions of "Porgy and Bess," including Leontyne Price, William Warfield, Maya Angelou, Diahann Carroll, Grace Bumbry, and Williard White. [86 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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The Arts
Series Length
262 episodes
Average Episode Length
97 minutes
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Sch/until 3/24/16; ncc; simul. ;7-day cached rights
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