The Theater: Porgy in Leningrad

It was 5° above zero when the 85 members of the Porgy and Bess company got to Leningrad, the first American theatrical troupe ever to visit Russia. Jammed on the station platform to greet them with bouquets of white chrysanthemums were hundreds of officials and theatrical personalities, backed by thousands of unofficial well-wishers. First of the all-Negro cast off the train was John McCurry (who plays Crown). McCurry stretched his 6-ft.-6-in., 265-lb. frame and muttered, "This is T-shirt weather in Minnesota!"

Then, as the crowd closed in and handed him a bouquet, he beamed, "Well, bless yo' HI' pointed heads."

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