Goodspeed's Carousel, With Teal Wicks, James Snyder, Jenn Gambatese, Opens Aug. 1

By Kenneth Jones
01 Aug 2012

James Snyder and Teal Wicks
James Snyder and Teal Wicks
Photo by Diane Sobolewski

Teal Wicks, an Elphaba of Broadway's Wicked, plays Julie Jordan to the Billy Bigelow of James Snyder, of Broadway's Cry-Baby, in Goodspeed Musicals' new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, opening Aug. 1 following previews from July 13 at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. The emotional spin continues to Sept. 23. 

Jenn Gambatese (Broadway's All Shook Up, Tarzan) plays Carrie Pipperidge. Jeff Kready (Broadway's Billy Elliot) is her beau, Mr. Snow. Wicks leaves the production Aug. 5 to join the cast of the Broadway-aimed tour of Jekyll & Hyde. Broadway's Erin Davie (A Little Night Music) will take over the part of Julie, whose hardscrabble love life is the core of the musical, on Aug. 8.

Rob Ruggiero (Broadway's Looped and High) directs. The choreographer is Parker Esse, who created musical staging for Arena Stage's acclaimed Oklahoma!

The 1945 musical by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist-librettist Oscar Hammerstein II is based on Ferenc Molnar's Liliom, and focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between a carnival barker and his millworker wife in Maine. Their lives are changed with the birth of their daughter. The score, tinged with regret and unspoken declarations of love, includes "If I Loved You," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "What's the Use of Wondrin'," "June Is Busting Out All Over" and more.

Jeff Kready and Jenn Gambatese
photo by Diane Sobolewski



The cast also includes Ronn Carroll (Broadway's Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, How To Succeed…, Crazy For You and Gypsy) as Starkeeper, Deanne Lorette (Broadway's La Bête, Rep of St. Louis' Sunday in the Park With George) as Mrs. Mullin, Anne Kanengeiser (Broadway's Little Women and Ragtime) as Nettie Fowler and Tally Sessions (Broadway's The House of Blue Leaves) as Jigger.

The ensemble includes Jessica Bishop; Beth Crandall; Belle Doraz as a Snow Child; Jennifer Evans; Eloise Kropp as Louise, the daughter of Billy and Julie; Edward Lawrence; Leisa Mather; Jonathan Rayson as Mr. Bascombe; Sam Rogers; Michael Scirrotto; Jet Thomason; Travis Waldschmidt; Aaron Young; and Ethan Pancoast and Fred Thornley IV as the youngest Snow Child. The Swings are Maria Briggs and Andrew Scott Holmes.

Carousel's production team includes scenic designer Michael Schweikardt; costume designer Alejo Vietti; lighting designer John Lasiter; sound designer Jay Hilton; music director Michael O'Flaherty; assistant music director F. Wade Russo; orchestrator Dan DeLange.

Carousel is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

For more about the programming of two-time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals, visit goodspeed.org.

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