Photo by Michael J. Lutch
David Hughey (left) as Jake and Sumayya Ali as Clara perform in the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess,” winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival March 4 to 9 at the Detroit Opera House.
By SUE SUCHYTA
While the Detroit area continues to hunker down against recording-breaking cold temperatures, the cast of “Porgy and Bess” will turn up the heat at the Detroit Opera House through March 9 with Gershwin favorites like “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty of Nothing” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”
The Broadway tour is the winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, and features a 23-piece orchestra.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, by phone at 800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com, and at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box offices.
The tour features Broadway cast members Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy, Alicia Hall Moran as Bess, Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life, Sumayya Ali as Clara, and Danielle Lee Greaves as Mariah.
The musical, based on DuBose Heyward’s novel “Porgy,” and the play he co-wrote with his wife, Dorothy Heyward, is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row.
Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past as Porgy seeks to rescue her, setting the stage for one of Broadway’s most romantic and exhilarating love stories.
Stirring up the storyline are Bess’ formidable former lover Crown, as well as the temptations of troublemaker Sporting Life.
Performances are at 8 p.m. through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, go to www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.porgyandbessthemusical.com.
PLAYERS GUILD ANNOUNCES ‘KISS ME KATE’ AUDITIONS
Auditions for the Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me Kate” run March 10 and 11 at the Players Guild of Dearborn, 21730 Madison in Dearborn. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. audition start time and registration cutoff.
Those auditioning need only attend one of the two nights.
Audition forms, conflict calendars and a list of character and ensemble roles are available at the Guild website, www.playersguildofdearborn.org. Character ages, vocal audition selections and voice ranges for each role also are available. Several ensemble roles will be featured dance roles.
The musical runs for four weekends, May 2 to 4, 9 to 11, 16 to 18 and 23 to 25, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
Those auditioning should bring a résumé with headshot, and be prepared for vocal and dance auditions as well as readings from the script. Those who tap should bring tap shoes to learn a brief combination.
Directed by Valerie Haas, with music direction by Paul Abbott, “Kiss Me Kate” tells the tale of a divorced husband and wife who reunite to star in a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Add two debt-collecting gangsters, a case of mistaken identity, and two supporting cabaret cast members, and the stage is set for entertainment.
Rehearsals begin March 12, and run from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with some Sunday afternoon rehearsals. Those auditioning must be available for April 27 tech week rehearsals. The cast also will perform at a Dearborn theater awards show May 20 and must attend a May 19 rehearsal.
WSU ANNOUNCES 2014-15 THEATER SEASONS
From classic plays to comic romps, Wayne State University’s graduate Hilberry and undergraduate Bonstelle theaters offer tempting 2014-15 seasons.
The Hilberry opens with sidesplitting laughter inspired by Marc Camoletti’s “Boeing, Boeing.” The farce, which runs Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, features a French bachelor who dates flight attendants from three different airlines, all without the others’ knowledge, until technology speeds up the flights and throws his life into chaos.
Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is next, running in repertory Oct. 24 to Dec. 13.
David Ives’ “All in the Timing” runs Nov. 21 to Jan. 31 featuring six laughter-inspiring one-act plays.
Opening 2015 is William Congreve’s comedy “The Way of the World” Jan. 16 to March 17, which uses wit to poke fun at the upper class.
Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play, “An Enemy of the People,” which runs Feb. 20 to March 28, follows two brothers whose debate over safety and civic duty divides their town.
The Hilberry closes its season with Patrick Barlow’s “The 39 Steps,” April 10 to 25, a spoof of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, with spies, murder and romance added to the mix.
The Bonstelle stage, which features December and spring dance concerts, spotlights classics and comedies as well.
The season opens with Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well,” followed by a family-friendly “Peter Pan.”
August Wilson’s American civil-rights era, Tony Award-winning drama “Fences” is next, with the musical “Urinetown – the Musical” closing the season.
To subscribe to the season, call 313-577-2972 or go to the box office, in the Hilberry Theater, at 4743 Cass Ave. in Detroit.