Morphic Graffiti have announced the cast for their adventurous new interpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, which is at the Arcola Theatre from Wednesday 18th June to Saturday 19 July 2014.
Gemma Sutton will star as Julie Jordan with Tim Rogers as Billy Bigelow.
Gemma Sutton recently appeared in Blues In The Night at Hackney Empire. Other recent theatre credits include Drunk at the Bridewell Theatre, Roxie Hart in Chicago at Leicester Curve, Amber in the UK Tour of Hairspray, covering the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre, Laurey in the UK Tour of Oklahoma! and Gone With The Wind at the New London Theatre. Tim Rogers was last seen on stage as the title role in Morphic Graffiti’s production of Jekyll and Hyde at the Union Theatre. Other credits include the UK Tour of Aspects of Love and Whistle Down the Wind at the Palace Theatre.
The cast also features Amanda Minihan as Nettie Fowler, Vicki Lee Taylor as Carrie Pipperidge, Joel Montague as Enoch Snow, Valerie Cutko as Mrs Mullin, Richard Kent as Jigger Craigin, Paul Hutton as The Starkeeper, Susanna Porter as Louise and Michael Carolan as Enoch Snow Jr. The cast also includes Joseph Connor, Katrina Dix, Anton Fosh and Charlotte Gale.
Amanda Minihan has been busy filming the feature film adaptation of London Road. Recent theatre credits include Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre, She Loves Me at Chichester Festival Theatre and Sister Act at the London Palladium. Vicki Lee Taylor recently played Amber in Hairspray at Leicester Curve. Other recent credits include Maggie in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium and the UK Tours of The Witches of Eastwick, Guys and Dolls and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Joel Montague has just appeared in Urinetown at St James Theatre, with other recent credits including the UK Tours of The Rocky Horror Show and Sister Act. Valerie Cutko recently appeared in Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre with other credits including Gay’s The Word at Finborough Theatre. Valerie has also previously appeared in My Fair Lady and The Phantom of the Opera in the West End, and Grand Hotel on Broadway. Richard Kent’s recent credits include Anything Goes at Kilworth House, The Go Between at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Paul Hutton’s recent credits include the UK and New Zealand Tour of Unmythable and Mack and Mabel at Southwark Playhouse. Susanna Porter’s recent credits include Le Nozzi di Figaro and La Rondine at the Royal Opera House. Michael Carolan makes his professional debut in Carousel having recently graduated from Arts Educational Schools.
Voted the best musical of the 20th Century by Time Magazine, Carousel is the classic American musical, with a timeless score that includes the songs If I Loved You, June Is Bustin’ Out All Over and the iconic You’ll Never Walk Alone.
When mill worker Julie Jordan falls for the masculine charms of Billy Bigelow, a chain of events unravels that suggests their destiny is predetermined by the hand of fate. Set on the New England coastline, against the backdrop of the Great Depression, this bold reimagining from Morphic Graffiti charts a story of recklessness, regret and redemption, and illuminates the immediacy of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s heart lifting story; the belief in forgiveness and the power of the human spirit.
Carousel will feature a new acoustic orchestration by Mark Cumberland with musical supervision from renowned orchestrator Larry Blank, who has recently been represented on Broadway by his Tony Award-nominated orchestrations of Catch Me If You Can, The Drowsy Chaperone and White Christmas, as well as Singin’ In The Rain, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof and The Producers in the West End.
Carousel is directed by Luke Fredericks (Jekyll and Hyde) with choreography by Lee Proud (Hairspray, Leicester Curve), set and costume design by Stewart Charlesworth and lighting design by Catherine Webb. Musical arrangements and orchestrations are by Mark Cumberland, with musical supervision by Larry Blank and musical direction by Andrew Corcoran. Carousel is produced by Morphic Graffiti with creative consultancy by Kim Poster. Casting is by Ben Newsome. Presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.
Wednesday 7th May 2014