Caroline O'Connor Returns as Star of ENO's On the Town
Caroline O'Connor will return to ENO from April 20-May 25, 2007 to recreate her acclaimed performance as 'Hildy Esterhazy' in the record-breaking staging of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical On the Town. The production enjoyed a sell-out run at the London Coliseum in 2005.
Also returning to recreate the roles they sang in 2005 are: Helen Anker (Ivy Smith), Lucy Schaufer (Claire de Loone), Andrew Shore (Judge Pitkin*), Rodney Clarke (Master of Ceremonies), Janine Duvitski (Lucy Schmeeler) and Alison Jiear (Dolores Dolores).
Further casting will be announced shortly.
O'Connor has appeared in Sydney, London and on Broadway - among other cities - in Chicago. Other credits include Piaf, Man of La Mancha, Mack and Mabel, West Side Story, Funny Girl, Show Boat and Into the Woods. She has also been seen in the films Moulin Rouge and De-Lovely.
With music by Bernstein (West Side Story, Candide), book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Wonderful Town, Singin' in the Rain) and based on an idea by Jerome Robbins (Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof), the story of On the Town was famously filmed by MGM in 1949 with Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munchin.
Featuring a cast and orchestra of 105, On the Town is conducted by Simon Lee and directed by Jude Kelly. The production is choreographed by Stephen Mear, designed by Robert Jones and Mark Henderson provides the lighting.
"Set in 1940s New York, 3 sailors on shore leave embark on the biggest adventure of their lives with just 24 hours to find fun and romance in the world's most exciting city," state press materials.
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