Take Two Theatricals and Quick Fantastic have today announced further casting for the concert performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic musical Carousel which will play one night only at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 19th May.
Previously announced were Joanna Riding, Janie Dee and Hadley Fraser. They will be joined by Chizzy Akudolu as Mrs Mullin, Stewart Clarke as Jigger Craigin, Lucy Schaufer as Nettie Fowler and Gavin Spokes as Enoch Snow. The cast will also be joined by The GSA Singers from Guildford School of Acting, further star casting is to be announced.
The 1945 musical marks the second collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and is based on Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play Liliom. The story revolved around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan came at the price of both their jobs. He participates in a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child; after it all goes tragically wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. A secondary plot line deals with millworker Carrie Pepperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow. The show premiered prior to the inception of the Tony Awards, but at the time won eight Donaldson Awards.
This one-night concert performance of Carousel will feature a thirty-one-piece orchestra conducted by Alex Parker playing Don Walker’s complete original orchestration.
The concert will play Cadogan Hall on Sunday 19th May at 6.30PM.