Actress Audra McDonald attends the 2011 AIDS Walk New York Opening Ceremony in Central Park on May 15, 2011 in New York City

*Audra McDonald, David Alan Grier and Norm Lewis are slated to star in a revamped version of the Gershwin classic “Porgy and Bess” on Broadway, reports the AP

Producers announced Wednesday that the show will begin previews on Dec. 17 at The Richard Rodgers Theatre and officially open on Jan. 12 following a pre-Broadway run at the American Repertory Theatre.

David Alan Grier arrives on the red carpet for the 64th annual Tony Awards, held at New York's famous Radio City Music Hall. (June 13, 2010

Originally an opera, it has been reimagined by A.R.T.’s artistic director, Diane Paulus, and features a reworked book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and new arrangements by Diedre Murray.

The musical looks at life in the fictitious Catfish Row in the early 1920s. It boasts such songs as “Summertime,” ”Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” ”I Got Plenty o’ Nothin'” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”