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Porgy and Bess : an American voice

Title
Porgy and Bess : an American voice [videorecording] / A presentation of The University of Michigan, in collaboration with Vanguard Films and Mojo Working Productions, Inc. ; produced by James A. Standifer ; co-producer, Nancy Tong ; written by Gloria Naylor and Ed Apfel ; directed by Nigel Noble.
Publication
Ann Arbor, Mich., c1997.

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Moving imageRestricted use NCOX 1430Performing Arts Research Collections - TOFT

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Additional Authors
  • Standifer, James A
  • Tong, Nancy
  • Naylor, Gloria.
  • Apfel, Ed.
  • Noble, Nigel
  • Collins, Ann
  • Taylor, Dyanna
  • Dee, Ruby
  • Parks, Karen
  • Jones, Christopher
  • McLain, Sheri
  • Sheppard, Fouchena
  • Bruner, Robert
  • Brody, Jonathan
  • Platt, Terry
  • Brookings, Simon
  • Margulies, David
  • Peck, Jonathan
  • Reilly, T. L.
  • Hine, Darlene Clark
  • Levine, Lawrence W
  • Taylor, Billy, 1921-2010
  • Godowsky, Frances Gershwin
  • Brown, Anne, 1912-2009
  • Duncan, Todd
  • Jessye, Eva, 1895-1992
  • Barnett, Etta Moten, 1901-2004
  • Calloway, Cab, 1907-1994
  • Carlisle, Kitty, 1910-2007
  • Giuliani, Francois
  • Bumbry, Grace, 1937-2023
  • Carroll, Diahann
  • Nunn, Trevor
  • White, Willard
  • Angelou, Maya
  • Warfield, William
  • Price, Leontyne
  • Flowers, Martha
  • Evans, Damon
  • Moultre, Mary
  • Anderson, Annette
  • Byas, Kent
  • Estes, Simon
  • Baker, Gregg
  • University of Michigan, producer.
  • Vanguard Films, producer.
  • Mojo Working Productions, producer.
Description
1 videocassette (VHS) (88 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Summary
The history of the American opera Porgy and Bess is explored, starting with the 1925 novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward, adapted to the stage the following year by Heyward and his wife Dorothy. With the subsequent involvement of composer George Gershwin and his lyricist brother Ira the non-musical play became an opera, which premiered in 1935 and has since been revived repeatedly and performed throughout the world. A film version was made in 1959. The work is discussed by musicologists, performers who have appeared in various productions, social historians who examine the piece's racial implications and the controversies it has inspired, and others.
Series Statement
Great performances
Uniform Title
Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.))
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Documentaries and factual works.
  • Television.
  • Interviews.
Note
  • Credits at end of tape.
Credits (note)
  • Edited by Ann Collins ; director of photography, Dyanna Taylor.
Performer (note)
  • Narrated by Ruby Dee.
  • Interviews: Darlene Clark Hine, Lawrence W. Levine, Dr. Billy Taylor, Frances Gershwin Godowsky, Anne Brown, Todd Duncan, Eva Jessye, Etta Moten Barnett, Cab Calloway, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Francois Giuliani, Grace Bumbry, Diahann Carroll, Trevor Nunn, Willard White, Dr. Maya Angelou, William Warfield, Leontyne Price, Martha Flowers, Damon Evans, Mary Moultre, Annette Anderson, Kent Byas, Simon Estes, Gregg Baker.
  • Actors in dramatizations: Karen Parks, Christopher Jones, Sheri McLain, Fouchena Sheppard, Robert Bruner, Jonathan Brody, Terry Platt.
  • Voices: Simon Brookings, David Margulies, Jonathan Peck, T. L. Reilly.
Event (note)
  • Originally broadcast on WNET, Channel 13, New York, N.Y., Feb. 4, 1998.
Call Number
NCOX 1430
OCLC
NYPG03-F10
Title
Porgy and Bess : an American voice [videorecording] / A presentation of The University of Michigan, in collaboration with Vanguard Films and Mojo Working Productions, Inc. ; produced by James A. Standifer ; co-producer, Nancy Tong ; written by Gloria Naylor and Ed Apfel ; directed by Nigel Noble.
Imprint
Ann Arbor, Mich., c1997.
Series
Great performances
Credits
Edited by Ann Collins ; director of photography, Dyanna Taylor.
Performer
Narrated by Ruby Dee.
Interviews: Darlene Clark Hine, Lawrence W. Levine, Dr. Billy Taylor, Frances Gershwin Godowsky, Anne Brown, Todd Duncan, Eva Jessye, Etta Moten Barnett, Cab Calloway, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Francois Giuliani, Grace Bumbry, Diahann Carroll, Trevor Nunn, Willard White, Dr. Maya Angelou, William Warfield, Leontyne Price, Martha Flowers, Damon Evans, Mary Moultre, Annette Anderson, Kent Byas, Simon Estes, Gregg Baker.
Actors in dramatizations: Karen Parks, Christopher Jones, Sheri McLain, Fouchena Sheppard, Robert Bruner, Jonathan Brody, Terry Platt.
Voices: Simon Brookings, David Margulies, Jonathan Peck, T. L. Reilly.
Event
Originally broadcast on WNET, Channel 13, New York, N.Y., Feb. 4, 1998.
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Added Author
Standifer, James A, producer.
Tong, Nancy, producer.
Naylor, Gloria.
Apfel, Ed.
Noble, Nigel, director.
Collins, Ann, editor of moving image work.
Taylor, Dyanna, director of photography.
Dee, Ruby, narrator.
Parks, Karen, actor.
Jones, Christopher, actor.
McLain, Sheri, actor.
Sheppard, Fouchena, actor.
Bruner, Robert, actor.
Brody, Jonathan, actor.
Platt, Terry, actor.
Brookings, Simon, voice.
Margulies, David, voice.
Peck, Jonathan, voice.
Reilly, T. L., voice.
Hine, Darlene Clark, interviewee.
Levine, Lawrence W, interviewee.
Taylor, Billy, 1921-2010, interviewee.
Godowsky, Frances Gershwin, interviewee.
Brown, Anne, 1912-2009, interviewee.
Duncan, Todd, interviewee.
Jessye, Eva, 1895-1992, interviewee.
Barnett, Etta Moten, 1901-2004, interviewee.
Calloway, Cab, 1907-1994, interviewee.
Carlisle, Kitty, 1910-2007, interviewee.
Giuliani, Francois, interviewee.
Bumbry, Grace, 1937-2023, interviewee.
Carroll, Diahann, interviewee.
Nunn, Trevor, interviewee.
White, Willard, interviewee.
Angelou, Maya, interviewee.
Warfield, William, interviewee.
Price, Leontyne, interviewee.
Flowers, Martha, interviewee.
Evans, Damon, interviewee.
Moultre, Mary, interviewee.
Anderson, Annette, interviewee.
Byas, Kent, interviewee.
Estes, Simon, interviewee.
Baker, Gregg, interviewee.
University of Michigan, producer.
Vanguard Films, producer.
Mojo Working Productions, producer.
Added Title
Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.))
Research Call Number
NCOX 1430
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