THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS - westendframe
Jade Ewen will play Clara, Cedric Neal will play Sportin’ Life, Golda Rosheuvel will play Serena and Leon Lopez will play Jake in the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, alongside the previously announced cast which includes Rufus Bonds Jr and Nicola Hughes who will play the title roles.
Celebrated as a landmark piece of American theatre, the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will run from 17th July to 23rd August, directed by Timothy Sheader, with a book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and a musical score adapted by Diedre L. Murray.
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Jade Ewen will play Clara, Cedric Neal will play Sportin’ Life, Golda Rosheuvel will play
Serena and Leon Lopez will play Jake in the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, alongside the
previously announced cast Rufus Bonds Jr and Nicola Hughes who will play the title
Jade Ewen has previously appeared in Tonight’s The Night (UK Tour), Whistle Down The
Wind (Aldwych Theatre) and Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre). Jade is also a
former member of Sugababes and in 2009 represented the UK in the Eurovision Song
Contest performing It’s My Time written by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Cedric Neal is an American actor whose stage credits include After Midnight (Brooks
Atkinson Theatre, Broadway), the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Broadway) and Dreamgirls
(Signature Theatre) for which he was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding
Supporting Actor. Cedric played the role of Kennard Royce in the television series Friday
Leon Lopez is a British actor whose stage credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK
tour), Rent (Duke of York’s), Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Duchess Theatre) and Piaf (Donmar
Warehouse). Leon also played the long-running role of Jerome Johnson in Brookside.
By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
Book Adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks /Musical Score Adapted by Diedre L. Murray
Directed by Timothy Sheader
Set and Costume by Katrina Lindsay
Choreographer Liam Steel
Musical Director and Orchestrator David Shrubsole
Lighting Designer Rick Fisher
Sound Designer Nick Lidster for Autograph
Casting Director Pippa Ailion CDG
US Casting Director Justin Huff CSA for Telsey + Company
17 July – 23 August 2014
First preview: 17 July
Press night: 28 July (7.45pm)