Ali Ewoldt, Jeremy Lawrence, James Patterson, Catherine Lefrere Attend the Carnival!, Beginning Tonight | Playbill

News Ali Ewoldt, Jeremy Lawrence, James Patterson, Catherine Lefrere Attend the Carnival!, Beginning Tonight Carnival!, the musical based on the 1953 film "Lili" that features music and lyrics by Bob Merrill and a book by Michael Stewart, begins performances Oct. 21 at The Lion Theatre.

Ali Ewoldt
Ali Ewoldt

Musicals Tonight resident director and choreographer Thomas Sabella-Mills helms the production, which will continue through Nov. 2.

The cast includes Jeremy Lawrence, James Patterson, Catherine Lefrere, Scott Guthrie, Michael Castillejos, Ali Ewoldt, Jeffrey T. Boerwinke, Sarah Cooney, Chaz Jackson, Steven A. Miller, Stacia Newcomb, Drew Pournelle, Amy Shure, Jacob L. Smith and J. Morgan White.

Here's how it's billed: "The somewhat rundown carnival of B.F. Schlegel (Lawrence) is touring France just after the end of W.W. II. A magician, Marco the Magnificent (Patterson) and his assistant, The Incomparable Rosalie (Lefrere) are the headliners. Another attraction is the puppet theater operated by Paul Berthalet (Guthrie) and his assistant, Jacquot (Castillejos). Into 'Schlegel's Grand Imperial Cirque de Paris' walks the recently orphaned Lili (Ewoldt) seeking a job from a friend of her late father – Grobert (Boerwinke). In Lili's innocence, she believes that Paul's puppets are real and not at all a reflection of who he is. The bitterness caused by a war injury that ended Paul’s dancing career is all that Lili sees. Her only sources of comfort from loneliness and despair are the puppets Carrot Top, Horrible Henry, Marguerite, and Reynardo. By the final curtain, Lili realizes that Paul was expressing his true feelings for her through his puppets and all ends happily ever after."

Songs include "Love Makes the World Go 'Round," "Mira," "I've Got to Find a Reason," "Her Face," "Yes, My Heart" and "Sword, Rose and Cape."

James Stenborg is the music director and vocal arranger. The original Broadway production of Carnival! opened in 1961 starring Anna Maria Alberghetti, Kaye Ballard and Jerry Orbach and was directed and choreographed by Gower Champion.

The Lion Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit

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