Crown, a violent gambler powerfully incarnated by Phillip Boykin.
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…the superlative Phillip Boykin as Crown, is outstanding.
VARIETY.com By STEVEN SUSKIN
Phillip Boykin is a commanding Crown…
The No. 1 Reason To See Porgy and Bess: Audra McDonald and Phillip Boykin’s brawl during “What You Want With Bess?” At the top of Act II, Bess’ fearsome pimp Crown, incredibly played by Phillip Boykin, returns from hiding from the police to remind Bess that he will soon be taking her away from the cozy… Read more »
USA TODAY By Elysa Gardner
Phillip Boykin brings a more glowering heft to Porgy’s romantic rival Crown…
The Faster Times – BY JONATHAN MANDELL
Phillip Boykin, making his Broadway debut as the murderous Crown, has a convincingly brute presence and a mountainous voice.
VULTURE By Scott Brown
VULTURE By Scott Brown Crown, is an especially deft mini-opera of evasion, resistance, temptation, and final, furious acceptance: McDonald’s dramatic gifts meet and often exceed her storied vocal range. As Crown, the excellent Philip Boykin—an opera-trained performer with a hydrofracking basso—seems to thrive on the character’s lavish Scarpian villainy: he was hissed, delightedly, by the… Read more »
Newsweek Review by Linda Winer
By LINDA WINER Phillip Boykin sings and acts powerfully as a man-monster of a Crown VULTURE By Scott Brown Crown, is an especially deft mini-opera of evasion, resistance, temptation, and final, furious acceptance: McDonald’s dramatic gifts meet and often exceed her storied vocal range. As Crown, the excellent Philip Boykin—an opera-trained performer with a hydrofracking… Read more »
THEATER REVIEW | ‘THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS
THEATER REVIEW | ‘THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS’; A New Storm’s Brewing Down on Catfish Row By BEN BRANTLEY Published: January 13, 2012 …For devastating theatrical impact, it’s hard to imagine any hurricane matching the tempest that is the extraordinary Audra McDonald’s Bess at the moment she is reunited with her former lover, Crown, played… Read more »
BOSTON Regional Reviews by Nancy Grossman The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess American Repertory Theater
“Like a human hurricane, the menacing Crown (Phillip Boykin) arrives to join the game, accompanied by his moll Bess.” “Boykin is a one-man low pressure system, allowing Crown’s presence to suck the air out of the room. He has sung the role in numerous operatic productions of Porgy and Bess, and his strong performance is… Read more »