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Beautiful Soup to Host Post-Show Talk Back at LILIOM, 3/2


Beautiful Soup Theater will host a special talk-back discussing the play and its journey to Carousel following the Sunday, March 2nd 2:00pm performance of Liliom.

Ferenc Molnar's Liliom, the classic play that inspired Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein's musical Carousel, has not seen a full production in New York City in over forty years. The production, directed by Artistic Director Steven Carl McCasland (Yentl, A Doll's Life, Rags), will star the previously announced Gerrard Lobo as the beautiful but brutish Liliom and Morgan DeTogne (Rags, Lift) as the only woman he has ever loved, Julie.

After the performance, the audience will be invited to stay for a special-talk with the cast and crew. They will be joined by special guests Wayne Blood of The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, Playbill Staff Contributor Carey Purcell (Theatre Journalist Specializing in the Female Perspective - and noted Molnar historian Elizabeth Rajec.

Also featured are Sara Hymes as Marie (the role that inspired Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel), Colin Fisher as Wolf (the role that inspired Enoch Snow in Carousel), Kimberly Rogers as Mrs. Muskat, Kelly Reader as Louise, Orlando Iriarte (Yentl, Moose Murders) as The Heavenly Magistrate, Laurie Sammeth as Mother Hollunder (the role that inspired Nettie in Carousel), Julian Goza as Ficsur (the role that inspired Jigger in Carousel), with appearances by Somie Pak, Barnaby Edwards (Rags) and Luke Wise. Hailli Ridsdale serves as Production Stage Manager, with Lighting Design by Molly Tiede.

Molnar's play first opened on Broadway in 1921 and starred Eva Le Gallienne. It was revived eleven years later, but has not seen a full production in New York City since. After the 1932 revival, the play was adapted into the beloved musical Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and a ballet by Michel Legrand.

A portion of proceeds raised from this production will benefit Safe Horizon, the largest victims' services agency in the United States, touching the lives of more than 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by abuse throughout New York City each year.

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The production will play The Celebration of Whimsy [formerly The Living Theatre], with performances Wednesday through Saturday at 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. The run will conclude on March 9th. The Celebration of Whimsy is located at 21 Clinton Street. Tickets (priced $20-25) are available online now at

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