FIRST LOOK: Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins in Carousel

Book tickets for Carousel at ENO

We are pleased to bring you these great first look production photos by Tristram Kenton of the new semi staged production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel starring Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe which opens tonight at the London Coliseum. When the charming Carousel Barker, Billy Bigelow, falls in love with Julie Jordan, little do they realise that their relationship will end in tragedy. Fifteen years after getting caught up in an armed robbery, Billy gets the chance to redeem his past and restore pride to his family. Carousel is directed by Lonny Price and presented by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade with English National Opera who have previously produced together the critically acclaimed seasons of Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel and Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close. ENO award winning 40-piece orchestra and chorus, conducted by David Charles Abell, accompany the cast in this semi-staged version. BOOK NOW … Read more

Top 100 Greatest Musicals Results: 40 – 31

Top 100 Musicals of All Time Poll Results

We’re almost done with this massive project to identify the Top 100 Greatest Musicals as judged by our readers and musical theatre fans around the world. In this latest instalment Alan Menken, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander and Ebb all make repeat appearances. Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts on the results. 40. Little Shop Of Horrors Long before Alan Menken became Mr Disney, he and writer Howard Ashman wrote an Off-Broadway musical that over the years has become one of the world’s favourites. Little Shop Of Horrors was based on the 1960 low budget black comedy that starred a young Jack Nicholson. Premiering Off Off Broadway, then moving to Off Broadway, the show ran for five years before moving to London and Sydney amongst other locations. Frank Oz of The Muppets fame made a great movie adaptation of the film bowing to studio pressure … Read more

Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins To Star In Carousel

Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins to star in Carousel

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Carousel is to be produced at the English National Opera starring Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan. The production will be presented for 41 performances only from 7 April 2017 to 13 May 2017 at the London Coliseum. Following the success of Sweeney Todd and Sunset Boulevard, this new semi-staged production will be directed by Lonny Price. The production will feature the award-winning ENO 40 piece orchestra and chorus. Fifteen years after getting caught up in an armed robbery and taking his own life, the charming carousel barker Billy Bigelow gets a chance to return to earth and make amends. Discovering that his daughter Louise has grown into a lonely, troubled teenager, haunted by her father’s legacy, Billy vows to restore pride to his family. Carousel features a sumptuous score by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and … Read more

Opera North’s Carousel To Tour In 2015

Opera North's Carousel. Michael Rouse as Jigger (centre) and Michael Todd Simpson as Billy Bigelow (right) with the Chorus of Opera North and dancers. Photo Robert Workman

Opera North’s hit production of the classic American musical, Carousel, returns to UK stages for a new tour following a sell-out run at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. One of the greatest musical works of the 20th century, Carousel was composed by one of Broadway’s most successful and enduring partnerships, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, whose much-loved stage and screen legacy includes The Sound of Music, Oklahoma! and The King and I. Asked if he had ever been tempted to write an opera, Richard Rodgers replied that he had, and that Carousel was the closest he had come to doing so. His score is studded with some of the most powerful, uplifting and moving music ever written for the stage, including If I Loved You, June is Bustin’ Out All Over, and, of course, You’ll Never Walk Alone. James Holmes, arguably today’s most expert interpreter of Rodgers’ score, returns … Read more

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