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Porgy and Bess

[pawr-gee uh n bes] /ˈpɔr gi ən ˈbɛs/
an opera (1935) with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Unabridged
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Porgy and Bess [(pawr-gee)]

An opera with music by George Gershwin. It depicts life in the African-American community of Charleston, South Carolina. Porgy is a handicapped beggar who protects Bess, only to have her leave town with a rival. The songs “Summertime” and “It Ain't Necessarily So” are from Porgy and Bess.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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