Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe lead the cast of Carousel at the ENO's London Coliseum for a limited run in London's West End from 7 April 2017. Directed by Lonny Price the production will feature a 40 strong orchestra and full cast and chorus.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's second musical theatre triumph Carousel originally premiered on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on 1 April 1945 where it ran to 1 May 1947. The original cast starred John Raitt (Billy), Jan Clayton (Julie), Jean Darling (Carrie), Eric Mattson (Enoch Snow) and Christine Johnson (Nettie Fowler) and followed hot on the heels of their first groundbreaking musical Oklahoma!. Based on the Play “Liliom” By Ferenc Molnar as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer, the action is relocated to a New England seaside town and follows Julie Jordan and her turbulant relationship with carousel barker Billy Bigolow.
The Original London Production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 1 June 1950 with a cast that included Stephen Douglass, Iva Withers and Margot Moser. The show went on to achieve worldwide acclaim and success in part thanks to the film adaptation of 1956 which starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.
A major London revival was mounted by director Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre in 1992 which later transferred to the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Michael Hayden, Joanna Riding, Janie Dee and Patricia Routledge. The production later transferred to the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at the Lincoln Centre in New York City starring Audra McDonald and Sally Murphy.
The musical was revived again in London at the Savoy Theatre in 2008 starring Lesley Garrett and at The Barbican in 2012 in a production by Opera North in 2012. A fringe production of Carousel ran in London at the Arcola Theatre in 2014 and was met with excellent reviews.
Katherine Jenkins is not scheduled to appear on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
The score of hit songs include "If I Loved You", "Mister Snow", "June is Bustin' Out All Over", "Blow High, Blow Low", "When the Children are Asleep", "Soliloquy", "This Was a Real Nice Clambake", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "The Highest Judge of All" and "What's the Use of Wonderin?".