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
Oh, hell, you may as well argue with a parrot. But you'll never break their story.
It Ain't Necessarily So
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by DuBose Heyward
and Ira Gershwin
Sung by Damon Evans and Chorus See more