Jessie Mueller, Shuler Hensley, Kate Burton, John Cullum and Jason Danieley Join Cast of Philharmonic Carousel
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award winners Shuler Hensley and John Cullum, as well as Tony Award nominee Jessie Muellerm, Kate Burton and Jason Danieley will be part of the New York Philharmonic's upcoming concert staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel.
Performances will run Feb. 27-March 2 under the direction of Tony Award winner John Rando (Urinetown, A Christmas Story). Rob Fisher (Encores!, Anything Goes) will conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
The staging will be broadcast on "Live from Lincoln Center" April 26 at 9 PM ET on PBS.
Hensley (Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma!) will portray Jigger Craigin, with Tony Award nominee Mueller (Drood, Into the Woods, On a Clear Day) as Carrie Pipperidge, Danieley (Candide, Next to Normal, Curtains) as Enoch Snow, Burton (The Heiress, Spring Awakening) as Mrs. Mullin and Cullum (The Scottsboro Boys, Shenandoah) as the Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon. (Danieley replaces the previously announced Alexander Gemignani.)
The musical centers on a tempestuous love affair between gruff carnival barker Billy Bigelow, to be played by the previously reported Nathan Gunn (Camelot, Show Boat, Billy Budd), and the young millworker Julie Jordan, to be played by four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, Nice Work If You Can Get It). Stephanie Blythe (Carmen, The Ring Cycle) will play Nettie Fowler.
Warren Carlyle (Chaplin, Follies), who recently collaborated with Rando on A Christmas Story, will choreograph the concert staging.
Carousel has music by Richard Rodgers with a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar. The classic features such songs as "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "What's the Use of Wondrin'?," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Mr. Snow" and "Soliloquy."
For tickets, priced $65, visit nyphil.org or phone (212) 875-5656.
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