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Anne Brown and Todd Duncan star in the Opera “Porgy and Bess” on Broadway on February 28, 1943.

Todd Duncan and Anne Brown in Porgy and Bess

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Written by George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, Porgy and Bess consisted of classically trained black singers and was the largest all African American cast seen on an American stage at that time. (Sources: and


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