West End superstars Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins starred alongside each other for the very first time in this production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel at the ENO’s London Coliseum, which began a limited five week run on 7th April 2017.
This semi-staged production was directed by the acclaimed award-winning director Lonny Price. Price is best known for his work directing the Broadway smash hit show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill as well as creating the acclaimed A Class Act.
Alfie Boe played the lead role of Billy Bigelow, while Katherine Jenkins co-starred as Julie Jordan, accompanied by the English National Opera’s award winning 40-piece orchestra and chorus.
Alfie Boe is one of the biggest stars of the West End, best known for his internationally critically acclaimed performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables, having played the role at the Queen’s Theatre in London, in the Broadway revival, as well as starring in the 25th Anniversary Concert. Boe had recently also taken the lead in Gary Barlow’s new musical Finding Neverland as well as selling over a million albums in the UK.
Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh mezzo-soprano, singer and songwriter best known for her wide range of work performing in opera, musical theatre and pop music. Having first studied at the Royal Academy of Music, she was thrust into the limelight in 2003 while singing at Westminster Cathedral for Pope John Paul II’s silver jubilee, and has since released a range of albums, receiving the Classic Brit Awards Album of the Year in both 2005 and 2006.
Carousel is the second musical by the legendary team of Richards Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play Liliom. Carousel tells the tale of carousel barker Billy Bigelow, who falls in love with millworker Julie Jordan, and ends up losing both their jobs. As he tries to commit a robbery to support Julie and their child-to-be, it all goes wrong, but he is given another chance at making it right.
Having first opened on Broadway in 1945, the show was an immediate success with both audiences and critics, running for 890 performance, as well as having high profile revivals in 1992 in London and 1994 in New York, as well as being named Time magazine’s best musical of the 20th century.
Carousel was one of the London Coliseum’s most exciting productions of the year, bringing two superstars of stage together for the first time in a timeless musical. Carousel began performances at the ENO’s London Coliseum on 7th April 2017, having had an official opening on 11th April and performances running until 13th May.
It is a rare occurrence that a London show features two megastars as big as Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe. For fans of the pair this is an opportunity not to be missed, seeing two of the best singers of our generation perform alongside each other.
For those who loved Nicholas Hytner’s 1990s production of Carousel this is also the perfect opportunity to see the timeless classic performed again.
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