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Topic - Sumayya Ali
'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" will be performed at the National Theatre Christmas week, the same time "Elf the Musical" is at the Kennedy Center and the Washington Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is at the Warner Theatre. At first glance, a show about addiction, abusive relationships and a natural disaster might not be the most natural fit for the holiday season. Yet Sumayya Ali, who will play the role of the struggling young mother Clara in the production, argues that in an unexpected way, "Porgy and Bess" might be the perfect show for Christmas.
"I looked at the statistic, and I think it's been performed over 30,000 times," said Miss Ali. "Everyone thinks about Fantasia and Ella Fitzgerald and the geniuses who have taken on this song, and they think you have to jazz it up. I had to take myself and my ego and all my insecurities out of it and go for the truth of the matter. What matters is the story."
"It's not as jolly as 'White Christmas,' but it's transforming," said Miss Ali.