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Maya Angelou

Porgy and Bess

1 Jan, 1954

porgy and bessAngelou gets a role in the Broadway show Porgy and Bess.

I was offered a role in a Broadway play called “House and Flowers.” So I went to New York to audition for it. And while I was there, “Porgy and Bess” called me and asked, would I like to join them in Portland, Maine, and then go overseas. And I said yes. The producers of  House and Flowers asked me, are you crazy? You’re going to take a minimal role in a play going on the road when we’re offering you a principle role for a Broadway play? I said, I’m going to Europe. I’m going to get a chance to see places I ordinarily would never see, I only dreamed of in the little village in Arkansas in which I grew up.