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The Resource Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin ; the Primetime/BBC and Homevale/Greg Smith production ; in association with American Playhouse, Thirteen/WNET and EMI Classics ; directed by Trevor Nunn ; adapted for television by Trevor Nunn with Yves Baigneres ; producers, Greg Smith and Stephany Marks

Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin ; the Primetime/BBC and Homevale/Greg Smith production ; in association with American Playhouse, Thirteen/WNET and EMI Classics ; directed by Trevor Nunn ; adapted for television by Trevor Nunn with Yves Baigneres ; producers, Greg Smith and Stephany Marks

Label
Porgy and Bess
Title
Porgy and Bess
Statement of responsibility
by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin ; the Primetime/BBC and Homevale/Greg Smith production ; in association with American Playhouse, Thirteen/WNET and EMI Classics ; directed by Trevor Nunn ; adapted for television by Trevor Nunn with Yves Baigneres ; producers, Greg Smith and Stephany Marks
Title variation
Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • fre
  • ger
  • ita
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
  • The Gershwins' musical masterpiece Porgy and Bess is one of America's greatest works. This production was adapted for the screen by Trevor Nunn and Yves Baigneres. It was directed by Trevor Nunn and is based on his highly successful staging of the original Glyndebourne Festival Opera production in 1986/87, which was remounted at Covent Garden in the autumn of 1992 with most of the original cast. Immediately after that performance the production was moved to the giant stage at Shepperton Studios, with much expanded sets and lighting. It was then recorded using EMI's original award-winning soundtrack. First performed in 1935, and based on the play "Porgy" by DuBose and Dorothy K. Heyward, Porgy and Bess has achieved worldwide renown through such memorable songs as "Summertime", "It ain't necessarily so", "I got plenty o' nuttin", "O Lawd, I'm on my way" and many more, set to Gershwin's moving symphonic score. - Container
  • An adaptation of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera stage production of the Gershwins' classic musical drama Porgy and Bess, which portrays the lives of the occupants of Catfish Row. The television production was shot using the recording made of the 1989 production for its soundtrack
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VVS
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videorecording
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  • Porgy and Bess (Television program : 1993)
  • American playhouse (Television program)
Credits note
Adapted for television by Trevor Nunn with Yves Baigneres ; cameras, Trevor Wimlett, James Day ; designed for television by Eric Walmsley ; choreographer, Charles Augins ; videotape editor, St. John O'Rorke
Date time place
Recorded at Shepperton Studios, London, Nov.-Dec. 1992
Intended audience
BBFC rating: PG
Language note
Sung in English with subtitles available in English, French, German, and Italian
LC call number
  • PN1992.77
  • M1500.G288
LC item number
  • .P67 2001
  • P67 2001
PerformerNote
Willard White (Porgy) ; Cynthia Haymon (Bess) ; Gregg Baker (Crown) ; Cynthia Clarey (Serena) ; Marietta Simpson (Maria) ; Damon Evans (Sporting Life) ; Paula Ingram (Clara; also sings the role of Annie); Harolyn Blackwell (sings the role of Clara) ; Gordon Hawkins (Jake) ; Bruce Hubbard (sings the role of Jake) ; the Glyndebourne Chorus ; Craig Rutenberg, chorus master ; The London Philharmonic ; Simon Rattle, conductor
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1896-1983
  • 1890-1961
  • 1939-2009
  • 1955-
  • 1898-1937
  • 1885-1940
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  • Gershwin, Ira
  • Heyward, Dorothy
  • Nunn, Trevor
  • Baigneres, Yves
  • Marks, Stephany
  • Smith, Greg
  • White, Willard
  • Haymon, Cynthia
  • Baker, Gregg
  • Clarey, Cynthia
  • Simpson, Marietta
  • Evans, Damon
  • Ingram, Paula
  • Blackwell, Harolyn
  • Hubbard, Bruce
  • Hawkins, Gordon
  • Rutenberg, Craig
  • Rattle, Simon
  • Gershwin, George
  • Heyward, DuBose
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
  • Primetime (Firm)
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Homevale (Firm)
  • Picture Music International
  • EMI (Firm)
Runtime
184
Series statement
EMI classics
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  • Heyward, DuBose
  • Heyward, DuBose
  • People with disabilities
  • African American men
  • Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
  • African American men
  • People with disabilities
  • Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
  • South Carolina
Technique
live action
Label
Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin ; the Primetime/BBC and Homevale/Greg Smith production ; in association with American Playhouse, Thirteen/WNET and EMI Classics ; directed by Trevor Nunn ; adapted for television by Trevor Nunn with Yves Baigneres ; producers, Greg Smith and Stephany Marks
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Note
  • "An opera in three acts"--Container
  • Based on the play: Porgy / DuBose Heyward and Dorothy K. Heyward
  • Originally broadcast as episode 3 of season 11 of the American Playhouse in 1993
  • EMI Classics: 7243 4 92497 9 0 (on container: DVB 4 92497 9)
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Side 1. Act I (59 min.) -- Side 2. Act II, Scenes 1 and 2 (47 min.) -- Side 3. Act II, Scenes 3 and 4 (37 min.) -- Side 4. Act III (41 min.)
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (approximately 184 min.)
Isbn
9786306496235
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
724349249790
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
  • 7243 4 92497 9 0
  • DVB 4 92497 9
  • 4 92497 9 0
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)48062438
  • (OCoLC)ocm48062438
System details
DVD, Dolby digital stereo
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin ; the Primetime/BBC and Homevale/Greg Smith production ; in association with American Playhouse, Thirteen/WNET and EMI Classics ; directed by Trevor Nunn ; adapted for television by Trevor Nunn with Yves Baigneres ; producers, Greg Smith and Stephany Marks
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "An opera in three acts"--Container
  • Based on the play: Porgy / DuBose Heyward and Dorothy K. Heyward
  • Originally broadcast as episode 3 of season 11 of the American Playhouse in 1993
  • EMI Classics: 7243 4 92497 9 0 (on container: DVB 4 92497 9)
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Side 1. Act I (59 min.) -- Side 2. Act II, Scenes 1 and 2 (47 min.) -- Side 3. Act II, Scenes 3 and 4 (37 min.) -- Side 4. Act III (41 min.)
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (approximately 184 min.)
Isbn
9786306496235
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
724349249790
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
  • 7243 4 92497 9 0
  • DVB 4 92497 9
  • 4 92497 9 0
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)48062438
  • (OCoLC)ocm48062438
System details
DVD, Dolby digital stereo
Video recording format
DVD

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