Veteran actor John Raitt and "All My Children" actress Eden Riegel have joined the all-star cast of Carousel, which will be presented in concert at Carnegie Hall on June 6.
Raitt, who starred in the original Broadway production of Carousel and who was featured on the June 2 Tony Awards telecast, will be a "Special Guest" at the concert presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical, and Riegel — who has appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables and The Will Rogers Follies — has been cast as Louise. Also starring in the one-night-only event are the previously announced Hugh Jackman (Billy Bigelow), Audra McDonald (Julie Jordan), Jason Danieley (Enoch Snow), Judy Kaye (Nettie Fowler), Lauren Ward (Carrie Pipperidge), Blythe Danner (Mrs. Mullin), Philip Bosco (Starkeeper) and Norbert Leo Butz (Jigger Craigin). Walter Bobbie will direct the evening, Leonard Slatkin will conduct the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Ben Whiteley is the musical director and choral director, and the Concert Chorale of New York will also lend their voices to the concert presentation of the classic musical. The musical has been adapted for this concert by John Weidman and Bobbie.
Carousel bowed on Broadway in April 1945 at the Majestic Theatre, where it played 890 performances. 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." An all-star concert of Carousel is also scheduled for London's Royal Festival Hall on June 15 and 16 starring Emily Loesser.
Tickets for the Carnegie concert range from $34 to $142 and are available at the hall's box office or through CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800. Carnegie Hall is located in New York City at 154 W. 57th Street.
—By Andrew Gans