Every bit of praise you’ve read about “Hamilton” is true and every one of its Tony Awards was earned. But what you may not have read is how the show offers some lessons for Jewish audiences. Stuart Isacoff explains.
Concert pianist Gary Graffman stood up for civil rights in the 1960s and paid a steep price. But it was nothing more than his Jewish grandparents would have expected of him.
The avowed intention of director Diane Paulus and writer Suzan-Lori Parks in “reimagining” “Porgy and Bess” was to invest the opera with a sensibility that would reach modern audiences and “fully realize the characters.” That is, they hoped to achieve a theatrical authenticity they believed was missing in the original.
Critics have long feuded over the authenticity of George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess.’ But the original opera is as far from a cheerful minstrel work as it could be, writes Stuart Isacoff.