Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL Revival Set For Broadway 2018 Starring Renée Fleming, Jessie Mueller & Joshua Henry by Lisa Pacino
The revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel is scheduled to open on Broadway February 28, 2018 at the Imperial Theater with an opening night set for April 12, 2018. It will star Grammy Award winning opera superstar soprano Renée Fleming; Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller the star of Broadway’s Beautiful and Waitress; Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry of Broadway’s The Scottsboro Boys, Porgy and Bess, Violet, and Hamilton; with stage actor and tenor Alexander Gemignani (the son of Broadway musical director Paul Gemignani and soprano Carolann Page) of Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables, South Pacific, Passion, and Chicago. Ms. Fleming made her Broadway debut in Living On Love in 2015, this will be her second Broadway show. The revival will be produced by Scott Rudin and Roy Furman and directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien.
Renée Fleming and Cast, Broadway’s Living On Love, opening night after party, Sardi’s, New York, April 20, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
The cast will also feature Amar Ramasar and Brittany Pollack with choreography by Justin Peck. The creative team of this new production of Carousel includes Santo Loquasto for scenic design, Ann Roth for costume design, Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer for lighting design, Jonathan Tunick for orchestrations, Andy Einhorn for musical supervision and direction, and Scott Lehrer for sound design.
As of October 12, 2017 it has been officially announced that Lindsay Mendez and John Douglas Thompson will join this production of Broadway’s Carousel. Lindsay Mendez has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway shows which include Broadway’s Grease, Everyday Rapture, Godspell, Wicked, and Significant Other. Mendez has earned Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards nominations. John Douglas Thompson was nominated for a Tony Award for best featured actor in Jitney. His recent stage credits include Satchmo at the Waldorf, The Emperor Jones, Othello, and Julius Caesar at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre. Thompson also has earned a Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, and AUDELCO awards.
The ensemble of Carousel features Colin Anderson, Yesenia Ayala, Nicholas Belton, Colin Bradbury, Andrei Chagas, Leigh-Ann Esty, Laura Feig, David Michael Garry, Garett Hawe, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Amy Justman, Jess LeProtto, Skye Mattox, Adriana Pierce, David Prottas, Craig Salstein, Ahmad Simmons, Antoine L. Smith, Corey John Snide, Erica Spyres, Ryan Steele, Sam Strasfeld, Ricky Ubeda, Scarlett Walker, Jacob Keith Watson, and William Youmans. Additional cast members will be announced shortly.
Carousel was the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics). The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline. The original Broadway production opened at the Majestic Theatre on April 19, 1945 and closed on May 24, 1947. The original cast included John Raitt, Jan Clayton, Jean Darling, Eric Mattson, and Christine Johnson. It followed with a 1947 U.S. tour; 1949 Broadway revival; 1950 West End;;1954, 1957 City Center revivals; 1965 Lincoln Center revival; 1992 West End revival; 1994 Broadway revival; 1996 U.S. tour; and 2008 West End revival. Awards include the 1945 New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Best Musical; the 1992 Olivier Award, Best Musical Revival; and 1994 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical.
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