Porgy is a crippled black man living on Catfish Row in South Carolina, and Bess is the woman he loves, no matter what. If you've never seen George Gershwin's folk opera Porgy and Bess, stop what you're doing. Stop right now and go get a ticket because with songs like "Summertime," "I Got Plenty of Nothin'" and "It Ain't Necessarily So" this is a show you've got to see. You may have heard "An American in Paris" and most people would recognize "Rhapsody in Blue" if they heard it but Porgy and Bess is Gershwin at his artistic best. The opera was groundbreaking. No opera has ever employed more African Americans and both Maya Angelou and Cab Calloway got their start in the cast. Experience dramatic history at Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St. in Fort Worth. Tickets are $30 to $65. Visit basshall.com or call 817-212-4280.
March 3-4, 8 p.m., 2010