Rhapsody in Blue
(performer: "Summertime", "Blue Monday Blues" - uncredited)
Sang the title role of Bess when 'Porgy and Bess' premiered at the Alvin Theatre in New York on October 10, 1935.
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If I had been born even 20 years later, I might have sung at the Metropolitan Opera. I might have marched for civil rights. I would have been here for that......my life would have been very different. Of course, I would not have met Mr. Gershwin, and that would have been a shame.
Brown starred in the original production of the folk opera "Porgy and Bess". Gershwin was so impressed with her performance that he changed the original name of the production from "Porgy" to "Porgy and Bess" so Brown would receive equal billing with baritone Todd Duncan. Gershwin even added a reprise of "Summertime" to the opera for Bess to sing (the song is first sung by Clara, wife of the ...