Lindsay Mendez will return to Broadway in the spring revival of Carousel. She’ll take on the role of Carrie Pipperidge, stepping in for the previously announced Betsy Wolfe. Also joining the cast is Tony nominee John Douglas Thompson, who will play the Starkeeper.
Producer Scott Rudin announced in September (weeks following the casting announcement) that Wolfe had departed the Jack O’Brien-helmed production due to “scheduling difficulties.”
Performances will begin February 28, 2018, ahead of an official opening April 12 at the Imperial Theatre. Mendez joins a roster that includes Tony winner Jessie Mueller as Julie Jordan, Tony nominee Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow, Renée Fleming as Nettie Fowler, Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow, and Margaret Colin as Mrs. Mullin.
Mendez last appeared on Broadway in the short-lived comedy Significant Other. Her additional stage credits include a star turn as Elphaba in Wicked, the most recent revivals of Godspell and Grease, Everyday Rapture (in which she shared the stage with Wolfe), and Off-Broadway’s Dogfight.
Thompson earned a Tony nomination earlier this year for his performance in the Tony-winning revival of Jitney. He appeared on Broadway previously in A Time to Kill, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Julius Caesar.