Jan Maxwell Replaces Carmello in Sondheim's Opening Doors

News   Jan Maxwell Replaces Carmello in Sondheim's Opening Doors
Because she will join the Broadway company of Mamma Mia! in October, Carolee Carmello has withdrawn from the upcoming Stephen Sondheim revue, Opening Doors.
Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell

Jan Maxwell, who was recently on Broadway in Sixteen Wounded, will replace Carmello in the company, which also includes Gregg Edelman, Victoria Clark, Kate Baldwin and Eric Jordan Young. David Kernan directs the production, which will play Zankel Hall Sept. 30-Oct. 9 with an official opening set for Oct. 5. The revue, first staged in London and then titled Moving On, features more than 40 Sondheim classics and will take the theatregoer “on a musical journey through Sondheim’s life, illustrated by images, song and personal narration by the composer.”

In addition to director Kernan, the creative team will also include James Scott Wise (choreographer), Walt Spangler (scenic designer), Jane Greenwood (costume consultant), Peter Hylenski (sound designer), Jason Carr (musical arrangements), Rob Berman (music director and piano).

Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim has written a plethora of musicals, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Passion. He also contributed lyrics to West Side Story and Gypsy, and his newest musical, Bounce, recently played Chicago and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His revised production of The Frogs — starring Nathan Lane — is currently on stage at Lincoln Center Theater. Sondheim was also celebrated at the Kennedy Center with all-star stagings of six of his musicals — Company, Sweeney, Merrily, Night Music, Sunday and Passion.

On Broadway Jan Maxwell has been seen in Sixteen Wounded, Match, The Dinner Party, The Sound of Music, A Doll's House, Dancing at Lughnasa and City of Angels.

Part of the Nonesuch at Carnegie series, tickets are priced $35 and $85. The Zankel Hall entrance and lobby are on the east side of Seventh Avenue between 56th Street and 57th Street. For more information, visit www.carnegiehall.org.

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