Jeff Coon and Julie Hanson Will Ride the Carousel at Philly's Walnut Street Theatre

News   Jeff Coon and Julie Hanson Will Ride the Carousel at Philly's Walnut Street Theatre
The Walnut Street Theatre's 2006-07 season will conclude May 15-July 15 with Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, featuring an abundance of resident Philadelphia players.

The classic musical tale of a troubled marriage in 1873-88 New England concerns innocent Julie Jordan and tough carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, and their inability to express love, despite their attraction to one another. The score includes "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "If I Loved You."

Barrymore-Award winning director Bruce Lumpkin (Walnut's Cabaret, Evita, Grand Hotel and La Vie En Bleu) will direct a cast that includes Julie Hanson as Julie Jordan and Walnut veteran and Barrymore winner Jeffrey Coon as Billy Bigelow.

The troupe also features Cary Michele Miller as Carrie Pipperidge; Mary Martello (six-time nominee and three-time Barrymore winner) as Mrs. Mullin; William Hartery as Mr. Snow, Carrie's fiancé; Peter Schmitz as mill owner David Bascombe; Christopher Marlowe Roche as Jigger; Kirsten Paulicelli as Billy's daughter, Louise; and Katie O'Shaughnessey (Walnut's Cats, 42nd Street) as Nettie Fowler, with Whit Baldwin, Sarah Biddle, Pamela Otterson, Bill Van Horn, Nina Fluke, Colleen Hazlett, Danielle Herbert, Matthew Hultgren, Hannah Ingram, Joe Jackson, Ryan Jackson, Jessica Lavin, Sabra Lewis, Ron Nahass, Michael Phillip O'Brien and Ryan Watkinson.

The Heavenly Friends, "who offer Billy Bigelow a precious second chance," are played by local children in the Walnut's production: Kristina Biddle, Taylor Bright, Brandon O'Rourke and Conor O'Brien. Youngsters Josie Andrews, Skylar Cappiello, Wesley Cappiello, Kyle Dylan Conner, Mason Quilty, Sam Krivda, Pilar Martin and Claire Norden appear as the Snow family.

The creative team includes music and vocal director Douglass G. Lutz, choreographer Michelle Gaudette, set designer John Farrell, lighting designer Jack Jacobs, costume designer Colleen Grady and sound designer Ryk Lewis. For tickets and more information, call (215) 574-3550 or (215) 336-1234 or visit

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