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Porgy and Bess Gets 10 Tony Nominations

Porgy and Bess was the big winner in the Tony Award nominations that were announced today, picking up 10 nominations. The rousing revival at Broadway’s American Repertory Theater drew acting nominations for most of its acclaimed stars: Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Phillip Boykin and David Alan Grier.

The play also garnered nominations for Diane Paulus for best director of a musical, in addition to best lighting design of a musical, best costume design of a musical, best sound design of a musical, and best orchestrations.

The landmark play drew considerable attention when it opened because celebrated playwright Suzan Lori-Parks and Dierdre L. Murray updated dialogue and scenes to make the play less offensive to modern audiences—though composer Stephen Sondheim objected to the changing of song lyrics.

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