Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy to Star in Carousel Concerts

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Veteran singing actress Shirley Jones and her son Patrick Cassidy, who were co-stars in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street, will again share a stage this summer.
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Jones and Cassidy will star in a concert version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel at the Historic Paramount Theater in Austin, TX. The June 22-23 concerts are being presented by TexARTS, a nonprofit organization for the visual and performing arts.

Jones, who played Julie Jordan in the film of Carousel, will play the maternal Nettie Fowler in the upcoming concerts. Jones will get the chance to sing two Rodgers and Hammerstein classics, "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone." Cassidy will play carnival barker Billy Bigelow.

Directed by Brad Dalton with musical direction by Lynn Koenning and choreography by Ginger Thatcher, the production will also feature Jill Blackwood as Julie Jordan, Molly Wissinger as Carrie Pipperedge, David Wise as Enoch Snow, and Greg Holt as Jigger and Karen Kuykendall as the Starkeeper.

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."

Shirley Jones appeared in the Broadway productions of South Pacific, Maggie Flynn and 42nd Street, but is best known for her work on the small and silver screens. She was the matriarch of "The Partridge Family" and also starred in the films of "Oklahoma," "Carousel" and "The Music Man." Jones won an Academy Award for her performance in "Elmer Gantry." Patrick Cassidy's Broadway credits include 42nd Street, Aida, Annie Get Your Gun, Leader of the Pack and The Pirates of Penzance. He recently played Joseph in a tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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