Lonny Price is to direct Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan respectively in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, beginning performances at the London Coliseum April 7, 2017 prior to an official opening April 11. It’s scheduled for a limited run of 41 performances through May 13.
They are joined by the English National OPera's award-winning 40-piece orchestra and chorus, in a semi-staged production that marks the third partnership between ENO and the GradeLinnit Company that previously yielded Sweeney Todd and the now Broadway-bound Sunset Boulevard, both also directed by Price.
Boe, who has appeared extensively with English National Opera and the Royal Opera, has previously appeared on Broadway in Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème, Les Misérables (as Jean Valjean, reprising a role he first played in the West End and in the show's 25th anniversary concert production at the 02 Arena), and Finding Neverland. He is currently on a 28-date sold out UK tour with Michael Ball; their new album Together entered the charts at number 2 on release,and the related Ball and Boe: One Night Only, will be broadcast on ITV December 9.
Jenkins has recorded ten studio albums, with Second Nature and Living a Dream receiving Classic Brit Awards Album of the Year. Her most recent album Home Sweet Home was her seventh studio album to reach number 1. She has performed for the Pope, presidents and royalty including The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations earlier this year. (Note: she will not be appearing April 18).
Further casting is still to be announced.
To book tickets, which go on sale November 30, contact the box office on Box Office on 020 7845 9300 or visit eno.org.