Goodspeed's Carousel Riders Teal Wicks, James Snyder, Deanne Lorette, Ronn Carroll and Jenn Gambatese Begin Their Spin July 13
By Kenneth Jones
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, July 13-Sept. 23 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.
Jenn Gambatese (Broadway's All Shook Up, Tarzan) plays Carrie Pipperidge, and Jeff Kready (Broadway's Billy Elliot) is Mr. Snow. Opening night is Aug. 1.
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.
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 a Snow Child to be announced. 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.
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