More Performers Set to Ride <em>Carousel</em>

More Performers Set to Ride Carousel

The eagerly-anticipated revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s perennial classic Carousel, starring Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, and Renée Fleming and slated for an April 12, 2018 opening, has announced additional cast information. The role of Carrie Pipperidge will go to Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, Falsettos), Alexander Gemignani (Violet, Les Miserables) will play her suitor Enoch Snow, and Margaret Colin (Jackie: An American Life) will play carousel proprietress Mrs. Mullin. The leading cast will also feature Amar Ramasar as Jigger Craigen, and Brittany Pollock as Louise.

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 opened on Broadway in 1945, starred John Raitt and Jan Clayton, and played 890 performances at the Majestic Theatre (The current home of The Phantom of the Opera). The composing team of Rodgers and Hammerstein II adapted the musical from the popular Ferenc Molnar play Liliom. Carousel has been regularly revived for the New York stage, most recently on Broadway in 1994 in a Tony-winning Lincoln Center production directed by Nicholas Hytner. The 2018 Broadway revival, which has been booked into the Imperial Theatre (filling the void of the recently-departed Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) will be directed by three-time Tony-winner Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Justin Peck.

“Set in a small New England factory town, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s timeless musical Carousel describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score that features some of the most beloved numbers in the American songbook, and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss, and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama — one that “set the standard for the 20th-century musical” (Time Magazine) and would captivate theatergoers for generations to come.”

Carousel’s creative team will include four-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic Design), Tony and Academy Award winner Ann Roth (Costume Design), nine-time Tony Award winner Jules Fisher and three-time Tony Award winner Peggy Eisenhauer (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award winner Jonathan Tunick(Orchestrations), and Andy Einhorn (Musical Supervision and Direction).

Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 9, at 10:00 AM (EST).

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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