PORGY AND BESS
Porgy and Bess
George Gershwin read DuBose Heyward’s novel Porgy in 1926, and immediately wrote to him about collaborating on a musical version. The result became an American classic, Porgy and Bess. Shown here is a photo from the original 1935 production, directed by Rouben Mamoulian. DuBose Heyward’s lyrics for Porgy and Bess, that include both "Summertime" and "My Man’s Gone Now," have been called "the best lyrics in the musical theater" by composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.