The New York Philharmonic has announced casting details for its staged production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, which will run February 27–March 2, 2013. The show will star Broadway baby Kelli O’Hara as Julie Jordan, operatic icon Nathan Gunn as Billy Bigelow, Stephanie Blythe as Nettie Fowler and Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow. The production will be directed by John Rando, replacing the previously announced James Brennan due to scheduling conflicts, and conducted by Rob Fisher.
Further casting will be announced at a later date. Following this special engagement, O’Hara will return to Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Imperial Theatre on Sunday, March 3.
Based on Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play Liliom, Carousel transfers the story from Europe to the Maine coastline and revolves around the tragic romance between carousel barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan. The musical includes such highlights as “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The New York Philharmonic has performed selections from Carousel on various programs since 1946, most recently in March 2011 when Ted Sperling conducted Ms. O’Hara, Mr. Gunn, and the Orchestra in Classic Broadway, an evening of Broadway selections that included “If I Loved You” and Carousel Waltz.
Tickets are available at nyphil.org or by calling 212-875-5656. Tickets may also be purchased at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office.