Throughout Bill Theisen’s tenure as artistic director, the Skylight Music Theatre has stayed true to its name – presenting both Broadway-style musicals and classical opera. So it’s hard to imagine a better finale to Theisen’s reign than Porgy and Bess, the American classic that embraces all of musical theater, from showbiz to symphony. This is the first time Gershwin’s American folk opera has been staged here since the Florentine Opera performed it nearly 25 years ago. Theisen will direct a huge cast of local and national artists, evoking the hard-knock ways of Catfish Row and bringing to life some of the greatest music composed by an American.
➞ Porgy and Bess (May 17-June 9). Skylight Music Theatre. Cabot Theatre. Broadway Theatre Center. 158 N. Broadway, 414-291-7800, skylightmusictheatre.org.