Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star for the first time together in the West End as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the third production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company.
Lonny Price will direct the strictly limited run of 41 performances at ENO’s London Coliseum. Beginning on 7 April 2017, the final performance in this strictly limited five week run takes place on 13 May 2017. ENO award-winning 40-piece orchestra and chorus will accompany the cast in this semi-staged production. Further casting will be announced shortly.
Fifteen years after getting caught up in an armed robbery and taking his own life, the charming carousel barker Billy Bigelow gets a chance to return to earth and make amends. Discovering that his daughter Louise has grown into a lonely, troubled teenager, haunted by her father’s legacy, Billy vows to restore pride to his family.
Platinum-selling recording artist, English tenor and actor Alfie Boe returns to the West End to play Billy Bigelow. Welsh lyric mezzo soprano, singer and songwriter Katherine Jenkins will make her West End Theatre debut as Julie Jordan.
Lonny Price directed Glenn Close in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard and Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, both at the London Coliseum, having previously staged the latter with the stars at Lincoln Center in New York.
Carousel is presented by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade with English National Opera who have previously presented the critically acclaimed runs of Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel and Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close. The GradeLinnit Company are currently producing 42nd Street, to open in March 2017 at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane.