Northern porgy (Stenotomus chrysops).
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Even before the play had been fully written, Heyward was in discussions with George Gershwin for an operatic version of his novel, which debuted in 1935 as Porgy and Bess (renamed to distinguish it from the play).
PORGY & BOBBY; Bobby McFerrin will conduct the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in three performances of `Porgy and Bess' this week - but it's not his first encounter with George Gershwin's great American opera. That happened when his father sang the title role for the soundtrack for the 1959 movie - the role played by Sidney Poitier.(ENTERTAINMENT)
Jun 07, 1998; George Gershwin's "porgy and Bess," with its timeless songs ("Summertime," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now") and its endearing...