Breaking: Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renée Fleming to Star in CAROUSEL on Broadway
Producers Scott Rudin and Roy Furman announced today that Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical Carousel will return to Broadway next season, in a new production directed by three-time Tony Award-winner Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Justin Peck.
Joshua Henry will portray Billy Bigelow, Tony Award-winner Jessie Mueller will play Julie Jordan, and, in her first appearance in a Broadway musical, Renée Fleming will star as Nettie Fowler, leading a cast that will also feature Amar Ramasar as Jigger, and Brittany Pollack as Louise. Opening night on Broadway is set for Thursday, March 23, 2018.
The creative team of this new production of Carousel includes Santo Loquasto (Scenic Design), Ann Roth (Costume Design), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer(Lighting Design), Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrations), Andy Einhorn (Musical Supervision and Direction), and Scott Lehrer (Sound Design).
Mueller is known for her Tony Award-winning turn in BEAUTIFUL and for creating the role of Jenna in WAITRESS. Joshua Henry most recently appeared as Aaron Burr in HAMILTON. Renée Fleming is a world-renowned soprano who made her Broadway debut in 2015 in the play LIVING ON LOVE.
The score features timeless songs such as If I Loved You, June is Busting Out All Over, Soliloquy, You'll Never Walk Alone, and more.In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery.
Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love.