As the one responsible for getting the now legendary Nunn/Rattle Porgy and Bess produced at Glyndebourne - wow! twenty years ago - it was in 1986 - I was much entertained by the piece in the NYT this morning about Trevor turning it into a "musical" - allegedly to make it more "accessible". Well it may very well do so but it has little to do with respect for the piece. Its all about MONEY! Thats fine - good for them, but please don't pretend it has much to do with anything else!
Seeing the reference to "permission" from the Gershwin estate I have to observe how times have changed. I had to deal with the lawyer for Ira Gershwin's widow, Lee. She was the dominant family member at that time and was ferocious in her actions to protect the work from "vandals" - as she saw them. I convinced her that the team we had put together would do the thing properly. We were proud to have her at the premiere and thrilled when she pronounced Trevor and Simon's work the first production ever that she felt truly matched up to the vision of the Gershwin brothers. And I guess she had seen them all.