PHOTO CALL: NY Philharmonic's Carousel With Kelli O'Hara and Nathan Gunn in Rehearsal
By Joseph Marzullo
The New York Philharmonic's upcoming concert staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, starring Kelli O'Hara and Nathan Gunn, will be filmed by "Live from Lincoln Center" at Avery Fisher Hall for broadcast on PBS. A few songs were performed for the press on Feb. 20.
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 lushly scored classic centers on a tempestuous love affair between gruff carnival barker Billy Bigelow, to be played by Gunn (Camelot, Show Boat, Billy Budd), and the young millworker Julie Jordan, to be played by four-time Tony Award nominee O'Hara (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, Nice Work If You Can Get It).
The cast will also include Tony Award nominee Jessie Mueller(On A Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Carrie Pepperidge, , Stephanie Blythe (Carmen, The Ring Cycle) as Nettie Fowler and Alexander Gemignani (Sweeney Todd, Road Show) as Enoch Snow.
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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