Broadway’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ Scraps Happy Ending

Porgy and Bess

Producers of the Broadway production of ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ has dropped one of its most controversial changes to the revamped show–a happy ending.

Director Diane Paulus finally gave in and scrapped the happy ending from the final scene after a very public lashing from renowned composer Stephen Sondheim for her many changes to the landmark 1935 opera.

“We were learning about the work as we were living it, experimenting with different scenes and endings, and by the culmination of our journey with Porgy and Bess — the show and those characters — we found its strongest version,” Ms. Paulus told the Times. “It had nothing to do with Mr.-Whomever-we-are-not-talking-about, or the producers or the estates.”

As for the final version? She’s “reluctant to talk about the details of the ending” that’s in the current version of the show because she doesn’t want her description “to get misinterpreted,” she says. “I don’t want someone to read it and go crazy.”

‘Porgy and Bess’ begins previews on Dec. 17 with an official opening Jan 12, 2012.

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