An excerpt from Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown
Nicole Franklin, Filmmaker
In 2004, the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) commissioned filmmaker Nicole Franklin to document the story of the late singer Anne Brown at her home in Oslo, Norway. Ms. Brown made her Broadway debut as the original "Bess" in George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. This documentary contains one of Ms. Brown's final interviews. Right before his untimely passing, tenor and former CBMR Board member Dr. William A. Brown, conducted this interview.
A rare conversation about Ms. Brown's life emerged. Ms. Brown's reflections on her time spent crafting her role in the opera that Dr. Brown denotes as "the apex of artistry in Western culture" is now available in a 36-minute DVD.
Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown is a wonderfully rich addition to any scholarly research or program study of Porgy and Bess. It has also been on sale in the theatre lobby of the 2012 Tony Award winning musical revival, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess."