PBS will film and broadcast the New York Philharmonic's upcoming concert production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Tony-winning musical Carousel. The musical will star four-time Tony nominee and Nice Work If You Can Get It headliner Kelli O’Hara as Julie Jordan and opera singer Nathan Gunn as Billy Bigelow. Carousel will run at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall from February 27 through March 2. The broadcast will air on April 26.
Carousel follows the tragic romance of carousel barker Billy Bigelow (Gunn) and mill worker Julie Jordan (O’Hara). The show features a catalogue of musical theater standards including “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The original production opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945. The show was revived four times, with the most recent staging winning the 1995 Tony Award for Best Revival. Tony winners Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald starred in a 2002 concert version at Carnegie Hall.
In addition to O’Hara and Gunn, Carousel will feature Stephanie Blythe as Nettie Fowler and Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow. The production will be directed by John Rando and conducted by Rob Fisher. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.