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About the showAlfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins star in a revival of Rodger and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel at the London Coliseum. Directed by Lonny Price, Carousel is the third production to be presented at the West End venue, in partnership with ENO and the GradeLinnit Company. Playing for a strictly limited 41 performances, Carousel opens in April 2017.
Following the successes of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the recent Sunset Boulevard revival, starring Glenn Close, Carousel is the second musical of the year to be presented at the London venue, following Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell announced for 2017.
Carousel is the 1945 musical from prolific composer and lyricist duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, who created musical staples such as The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Oklahoma! and The King and I. Carousel follows the story of Billy Bigelow, a charming carousel barker who returns to earth fifteen years are getting caught up in an armed robbery and taking his own life. However when he returns, he discovers that his daughter has grown into a lonely, troubled teenager and Billy vows to restore pride back to the family.
Musical superstar Alfie Boe returns to the West End to play Billy, opposite global mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins as Julie Jordan. Royal Opera-trained tenor Boe is currently touring the UK in Together, alongside Michael Ball, after having recently starred in Broadway’s Finding Neverland as J. M. Barrie. Further credits include Les Miserables, Kismet, The Pearl Fishers and Romeo et Juliette.
Katherine Jenkins makes her theatre debut in Carousel, and is best-known for her worldwide performances, as well as being a two-time winner of the Classic Brit Awards Album of the Year for Second Nature and Living a Dream. Jenkins trained at the Royal Academy of Music before going on to record ten studio albums. Further casting is yet to be announced, although the ENO choir and orchestra will be performing.
Carousel is directed by Lonny Price, who was at the helm of the previous Coliseum musicals, and who has received major acclaim with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and Company. A star-studded revival that is sure to thrill any theatre-lover, Carousel opens April 11th and plays until May 13th 2017, with a press night on April 7th 2017.
Who Should See It?Those who enjoy traditional musicals such as The Sound of Music, or the current Half a Sixpence, will adore Carousel, one of musical theatre’s greatest productions. This is also an excellent chance to see two veteran performers take to the stage!
Carousel may not be suitable for young children.