New York Philharmonic Will Present Staged Production of Carousel; PBS Will Broadcast
22 Feb 2012
Photo by Jim Lafferty Photography
The New York Philharmonic's 2012-13 season, which was announced Feb. 22, will include a staged production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.
Directed by James Brennan and conducted by Rob Fisher — the same team behind the Philharmonic’s acclaimed 2007 production of My Fair Lady — performances are scheduled for Feb. 27-March 2, 2013. Casting will be announced at a later time.
The production will be televised nationally on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS stations.
Carousel, the second work from the acclaimed Rodgers & Hammerstein partnership, premiered in 1945, two years after Oklahoma!, and is based on Ferenec Molnár’s 1909 play, Liliom.
The musical, according to production notes, "revolves around the tragic romance between carousel barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan, and includes some landmark numbers," including “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.