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Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ excited for national tour

November 9, 2013 • Entertainment


This undated photo released by Jeffrey Richards Associates shows Alicia Hall Moran who will lead the national tour of the musical “Porgy and Bess,” that kicks off a 14-state tour this weekend in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nathaniel Stampley ached to make the role of Porgy his own in the celebrated 2012 Broadway revival of “Porgy and Bess.” Instead, he kept dying.

Stampley was an understudy for Norm Lewis in the title role and bided his time by playing the small role of Robbins in the revamped version of the Gershwin classic. Robbins is killed with a cotton hook in a fight after a dice game on page 15 of the script.

Now Stampley, who first fell in love with the musical as a teenager in the chorus of a production in Milwaukee, will finally get his shot as Porgy: He leads the national tour that kicks off a 14-state tour this weekend in San Francisco.

“Let me tell you. It’s a dream come true,” he says. “This is a full-circle moment for me many, many years later. I’m humbled by that and yet I’m really excited.”

Stampley, together with Alicia Hall Moran as Bess, are among a cast of almost 30 that will crisscross the country until next summer in the Tony Award-winning production that wowed audiences on Login to read more

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