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The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Reviews

The National Theatre (Washington, DC)

Reviews & Ratings

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"
70 ratings
4.6 average rating
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90 reviews
12 stars
attended Dec 26 2013

This was a good show. The singing was very good but a bit old fashioned sung mostly in operetta style. The staging was a bit bland and monochromatic, but overall a good show for the price. A shocking bit of theatre was playing out in the audience...continued

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76 reviews
59 stars
attended Dec 25 2013

It was good, but some of the voice during the singing numbers seemed muffled or not as clearly articulated as the spoken sections.

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6 reviews
14 stars
attended Dec 26 2013

I am sorry to say I was disappointed with this production. I had trouble understanding the words which was made more difficult by having more than one person singing at the same time. This was especially true when Bess and Porgy were singing. ...continued

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6 reviews
14 stars
attended Dec 26 2013

The show was excellent! The music was phenomenal! Our seats were fantastic and the theatre is just beautiful. I would highly recommend going to see this show. If you take Metro, get off at Metro Center at the 13th St. exit and the theatre is...continued

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2 reviews
15 stars
attended Dec 26 2013

It was a great production, an opera adapted to appeal to a varied audience. The character depictions were right on point and the story was told in a way that was filled with passion and purpose. Truly a memorable experience!

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lavrunin Red Velvet
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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 25 2013

Went with my wife and we had a very enjoyable evening. The performers were all excellent. I gave it a 4 since there are other musicals that I liked better (not the performers but the songs) that I would give a 5 so I had to make this less.

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62 reviews
29 stars
attended Dec 28 2013

What a sensational evening. You take one of the greatest American classics and you add a wonderfully talented cast: The result has to be a sensational evening of theater.

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38 reviews
7 stars
attended Dec 28 2013

Beautiful theater, great seats, and the voices were amazing. Thanks for the first class experience, and the chance to impress my date.

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24 reviews
9 stars
attended Dec 26 2013

The show is riveting. Not only can you enjoy the songs that are a part of the American songbook that we all have heard, but the acting is excellent. I was so drawn into the story that I could hardly sit still, wanting Bess to make the right...continued

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11 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 29 2013

Porgy & Bess was wonderful - seats in the National mezzanine AWFUL!!

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11 reviews
8 stars
attended Dec 25 2013

What a wonderful Christmas present to myself! The show was spectacular. Dancing and singing superb.

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10 reviews
5 stars
attended Dec 29 2013

I attended with some hesitancy about the revisions to the original, but was very nicely surprised at what was done to make the show so enjoyable. It was great!!

Johnny Young

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JimR
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9 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 29 2013

The organization of the theater itself was a bit chaotic--people working there yelling out directions, which weren't very clear; ushers giving wrong directions for where to sit. But the show was incredible. The cast was terrific from the top roles...continued

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8 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 26 2013

The music divine, choreography magnificent!

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7 reviews
3 stars
attended Dec 28 2013

This is a beautiful show with wonderful music. The voices did it justice, sets were fine--altogether a moving and lovely experience.

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6 reviews
6 stars
attended Dec 26 2013

Great story. Fantastically talented cast. Seating was satisfactory, save for the shortened legroom. Does Goldstar make orchestra level seating (greater legroom) available to its ticket buyers?

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6 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 28 2013

I really enjoyed the show. The actors were excellant. If they return to DC I would go see the show again.

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5 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 29 2013

Great seats, wonderful performance!

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Makesha Clark
13 events
5 reviews
8 stars
attended Dec 27 2013

I really enjoyed this play. The music was great and the singing was awesome! The only negative I can say about the play was that it was a little too long. The opera singing got to you towards the end and you wanted them to talk more instead of...continued

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LPH
27 events
5 reviews
24 stars
attended Dec 26 2013

I took my uncle as part of his Christmas gift; we had a wonderful time. Just like on Broadway every seat had to be fabulous - we were in the mezzanine and could hear and see perfectly. It was a true Broadway calibre experience - just...continued

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