The story of a disabled beggar in Charleston,S.C. who falls in love with a prostitute, this is the first filmed version of Gershwin's opera which uses Gershwin's own orchestrations and practically all of the music, with only one major cut. Written by
Albert Sanchez Moreno
Did You Know?
Bass-baritone Bruce Hubbard
appeared as Jake in the Glyndebourne stage production on which this television production is based, but he died suddenly in 1991, so he was not able to appear in this version. Because the original recording of the Glyndebourne production was used, however (instead of having the cast make an all-new recording for the telecast), Hubbard's singing voice is still heard as Jake, while Gordon Hawkins
plays the role onscreen and lip-synchs to Hubbard's voice. See more
[singing to Bess
You're telling me that you'd rather have that cripple than Crown?
Overture and Jasbo Brown Blues
Music by George Gershwin
Piano solo by Wayne Marshall
Wordless chant sung by chorus
Played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Simon Rattle See more