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Gershwin--Hands On or Hands Off?

Posted at 2:15 PM on August 10, 2011 by Rex Levang

What people are talking about: "Porgy and Bess" has seen many reworkings in its premiere in the 1930s. Now there's a new production underway which, as the New York Times reported, aims at taking the work in some new directions, and, it's hoped, bringing in new audiences. According to the Times, the cast was anticipating that there could be complaints about the changes.

They were right about that--here's a letter to the editor, from Stephen Sondheim.