Classic Stage Company celebrated the official opening of the John Doyle-helmed Carmen Jones June 27. Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose stars in the title role in the Off-Broadway revival, which marks the first major New York staging of the Oscar Hammerstein II musical since the 1943 original Broadway production.
CSC's Carmen Jones features choreography by Bill T. Jones. Performances began June 8 and are currently scheduled through July 29.
The cast is completed by David Aron Damane as Husky Miller, Erica Dorfler as Myrt, Clifton Duncan as Joe, Justin Keyes as Rum, Lindsay Roberts as Cindy Lou, Soara-Joye Ross as Frankie, Andrea Jones-Sojola as Sally, Lawrence E. Street as Dink, and Tramell Tillman as Sergeant Brown.
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Featuring a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Carmen Jones brings the score of Georges Bizet's Spain-set opera to southern America during World War II, as Carmen, now a parachute factory worker, is caught in a love triangle with an airman and boxer.
The revival features sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Adam Honoré, sound design by Dan Moses Shreier, wig and hair design by Mia Neal, and casting by Telsey + Company. Joseph Joubert serves as orchestrator and music supervisor.