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The New Year Brings Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" in Concert to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

December 22, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) begins the New Year with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical Carousel in Concert on Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7, 2012 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.  Carousel tells the love story of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, the choices they made, and the consequences.  Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads this special presentation of Carousel which was named by Time Magazine as “the best musical of the 20th century.”  Rochester favorite Doug LaBrecque is the producer and director, with Harold McAullife assisting. 

An all-star cast of characters comes to the RPO for this special performance!  Direct from Broadway, Sara Jean Ford, who until earlier this month has been performing the part of “Christine Daae” in The Phantom of the Opera, will perform the role of “Carrie.” Ford returns to the RPO after an acclaimed appearance in the Orchestra’s presentation of South Pacific during the 2009-2010 Season. 

Fresh from the title role of Shrek on Broadway, Ben Crawford will play the iconic role of “Billy Bigelow.”  Crawford made his Broadway-debut in the revival of Les Misérables, in which he understudied the roles of Javert and Jean Valjean.

Alexandra Silber has performed the role of “Julie Jordan”—which she will reprise for the RPO—to great acclaim on London's West End.  A graduate of the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Silber made her Broadway debut with Tony Award-winner Tyne Daly in Master Class in spring 2011.

The role of “Mr. Snow” will be performed by Christopher Fitzgerald. A two-time Tony award-nominee and a four-time Drama Desk nominee (he won twice),  Fitzgerald is one of the most respected comedic actors of his generation, known for originating roles on Broadway in Wicked, Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, and Finian's Rainbow.

Prolific concert singer and Broadway veteran—her credits include Carlotta in The Phantom of the OperaRebecca Eichenberger will perform the role of “Nettie Fowler.”  This is the same part she played in the award-winning revival of Carousel on Broadway in the late 1990s.

A full list of actors for Carousel in Concert can be found below.

To purchase tickets ($15 - $77) to this or other RPO events, visit the Eastman Theatre Box Office, call 454.2100, go online to www.rpo.org, or visit area Wegmans locations. 

Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and Fibertech Networks sponsor the RPO Pops Series.  These concerts are also part of the 2011-2012 Bausch and Lomb Holiday Extravaganza. 

Editors Please Note:
Friday, January 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 7 at 8:00 p.m.
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in Concert!

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Doug LaBrecque, director & producer
Harold McAullife, assistant to the producer, chorus master
Vanessa Van Wormer, choreographer

Principal Actors
Billy Bigelow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ben Crawford
Julie Jordan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandra Silber
Carrie Pipperidge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sara Jean Ford
Enoch Snow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Fitzgerald
Nettie Fowler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Eichenberger
Jigger Craigin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Leo Ryan
Mrs. Mullin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Milner
Featured Roles
Narrator / Mr. Bascombe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dick St. George
Starkeeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Hennessey
Louise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vanessa Van Wormer
Carousel Boy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Frazier-Smith
Enoch Snow Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colin Roth

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