“Philip Boykin’s Crown was GOOD. At least twice the size of Bess, with enormous chiseled upper arms (that I will remember long after I forget this production), Crown was literally a terrifying presence whenever he was on stage. He was perfectly cast and did a great job.”
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American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Loeb Drama Center, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA opens its 2011-12 season with The Gershwin’s’ Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin. The adaptation by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray, directed by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus, with choreography by Ronald… Read more »
The New York Times.Com By ANTHONY TOMMASINI Published: April 20, 2011 The muscular bass-baritone Phillip Boykin was hardy and confident as Inspector Watts, who appears to share the medium’s spiritual beliefs. New York City Opera – “Séance on a Wet Afternoon” Reviewed by: Victor Wheeler The rest of the cast also performed admirably,… Read more »
Phillip Boykin will make his New York City Opera debut as “Inspector Watts” In Stephen Schwartz’s first opera, the psychological thriller, Séance on a Wet Afternoon April 19, 2011 – May 1,20011 New York City Opera Lincoln Center NY City Opera presents the New York premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon,… Read more »
presents PHILLIP BOYKIN, bass-baritone in a Short Recital “FROM GREENVILLE, SC TO BROADWAY NY” Tuesday February 1st. 11:00 A.M. Antisdel Chapel an ALL College Assembly A graduate of the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford), Mr. Boykin will present a program of spirituals, art songs, arias, and Musical Theater repertoire accompanied by Dr. Ronald… Read more »
Fortunately, Phillip Boykin’s Crown saves the day. His major scenes — with Bess at the picnic and during the hurricane — are the evening’s highlights. Singing and acting with a roaring, dangerous vigor, Boykin fills the vast reaches of the Bushnell.
Crown, played with a feral menace and swagger (not to mention rugged baritone) by Phillip Boykin.
Two really good and able men actually showed up for a full evening’s work. Bass baritone Phillip Boykin was easily the most formidable Crown that I’ve seen in live performance, with biceps that clearly warrant Bess’s “look what arms you got” exclamations, and he put the most profane raunch into “A Red-Headed Woman” that I’ve… Read more »
As Bess’ former boyfriend – Crown, who doesn’t want to let go – Phillip Boykin’s booming, snarling voice and oak-tree build made him a threatening presence from his first scene. When he scoffed at God during the hurricane, Boykin cut loose with the wildness of someone who doesn’t care about judgment, human or eternal.
Goodness and Evil were portrayed magnificently by Patrick Blackwell as “Porgy”, and Phillip Boykin as “Crown”. While wondering why these two men weren’t performing with the Met, they were clearly the cornerstone of quality to this production. Not only in voice but in acting skill, these two formidable foes were so convincing that during the… Read more »