Tony Winner Rob Ashford Will Direct Carousel for Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tony Award winner Rob Ashford, most recently represented on Broadway with the 2013 revival of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, will direct the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel for the Lyric Opera of Chicago in April 2015.

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Rob Ashford (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Rob Fisher will conduct the orchestra, and the cast will be led by Denyce Graves as Nettie Fowler. Additional casting will be announced at a later time.

Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnár (adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer), Carousel features music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Carousel bowed on Broadway in April 1945 at the Majestic Theatre, where it played 890 performances. The original cast included John Raitt and Jan Clayton. The 1956 Fox film co-starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. The celebrated score includes such tunes as "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "Mister Snow," "Soliloquy," "What's the Use of Wond'rin'?" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."

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