Is Porgy and Bess an opera or musical?

Although Porgy and Bess was written as an opera, its Broadway version has been equally well-received. Musical theatre adaptations of Porgy and Bess have been on the London stages since the eighties. Both versions of the piece are packed full of recognisable hits like ‘Summertime’ and ‘It ain’t necessarily so’.

What type of play is Porgy and Bess?

dramatic folk opera

Porgy and Bess, dramatic folk opera in three acts by George Gershwin. Its English libretto was written by DuBose Heyward (with lyrics by Heyward and Ira Gershwin), based on Heyward’s novel Porgy (1925).

What is America’s first opera?


In 1735 in Charleston, S.C., a ballad opera called Flora went down in recorded history as the first opera of any kind to be produced in North America.