Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel returns to Broadway in a new production at the Imperial Theatre beginning February 28. The production, directed by Tony winner Jack O’Brien, will officially open April 12.
Jessie Mueller, who earned a Tony Award for her performance as Carole King and most recently appeared on Broadway in Waitress, stars as Julie Jordan opposite Tony nominee Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, Violet, Shuffle Along, Hamilton) as Billy Bigelow.
Among those joining them are Grammy-winning opera star Renée Fleming in her Broadway musical debut as Nettie Fowler, Lindsay Mendez as Carrie Pipperidge, Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow, Margaret Colin as Mrs. Mullin, and Tony nominee John Douglas Thompson as the Starkeeper.
New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck choreographs the new staging, which also features the company’s Amar Ramasar and Brittany Pollack in the dance-heavy roles of Jigger and Louise.
Rounding out the cast are ensemble members Colin Anderson, Yesenia Ayala, Nicholas Belton, Colin Bradbury, Andrei Chagas, Leigh-Ann Esty, Laura Feig, David Michael Garry, Garett Hawe, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Amy Justman, Jess LeProtto, Skye Mattox, Kelly McCormick, Anna Noble, Adriana Pierce, Rebecca Pitcher, David Prottas, Craig Salstein, Ahmad Simmons, Antoine L. Smith, Corey John Snide, Erica Spyres, Ryan Steele, Sam Strasfeld, Halli Toland, Ricky Ubeda, Scarlett Walker, Jacob Keith Watson, and William Youmans.
Carousel, featuring music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, tell the story of millworker Julie Jordan, carousel barker Billy Bigelow, and their ultimately destructive relationship. The classic score includes such numbers as “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”