Stephen Sondheim, an award winning composer, has recently announced the remake of the popular Broadway opera by the name ‘Porgy and Bess’. It is reported by BBC that Stephen Sondheim decided to remake the opera after reading an article about it in New York Times. Stephen Sondheim even wrote a letter to the NY times which he requested to be published in the newspaper as well; he criticized the making and direction of ‘Porgy and Bess’.
Stephen Sondheim said that the entire production of the show wasn’t up to the standard. The entire team behind it has certainly not done justice to the quality of the opera; hence he has decided to remake it to highlight its true essence. He especially criticized the writer for changing numerous dialogues and incorporating a happy ending. Stephen Sondheim said, “Ms Paulus says that in the opera you don’t get to know the characters as people. Putting it kindly, that’s wilful ignorance.” While telling about his team that is going to remake the Broadway opera, Stephen Sondheim said, “The entire creative team and cast have the most enormous love and respect for Porgy and Bess. We are grateful for the support and encouragement we have received from the Gershwin and Heyward Estates for this production.”
The first show is going to be performed on the 17th of this month at the American Repertory Theater. Later this year, the show would be transferred to the Broadway. The story of Porgy and Bess primarily encircles around a disabled beggar who tries almost everything to vindicate Bess from her lover, lover who is violent!
We can’t wait for the opera to debut!