Sportin Life in Porgy and Bess

About This Project

I was introduced to the role of Sportin Life by Francesca Zambello. She called me in to sing for her production at Kennedy Center. I knew very little of the role. Hesitant at first to take on the world of Porgy and Bess she reassured me this could be a good move. I remember fumbling around trying to get his character to fit in my head. The complexity of not only his music but movement on stage seem overwhelming. How is it possible to do him proper justice?? How do I make him real? He seems larger than life and just technically a beast to tame. Its been ten years now since that first Sportin Life encounter and more than any role he has taught me movement, style, grace, and the ability to dance while singing a B flat.

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