Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Asheville Lyric Opera debuts Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel"

Asheville Lyric Opera expands into year round programming this summer with a staged concert of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical Carousel on July 19th and 20th. This award-winning work was the legendary duo’s favorite in their entire repertory that includes The Sound of Music, The King and I, and Oklahoma! In addition to the themes of love and redemption, Carousel  includes the unforgettable songs “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “If I Loved You.” 

The musical tells the story of two young lovers in a small American coastal town. Quiet mill worker Julie Jordan attracts the eye of Billy Bigelow, a town newcomer who operates the popular carousel. Their pairing creates a stir in the small town, even causing both to lose their jobs. Despite their difficulties, the two marry and in a twist of fate, Julie learns she is pregnant. Billy’s crime history resurfaces as he struggles for a way to support his child, compounding the couple’s hardships as new parents. The story also follows the love affair of outspoken Carrie Newcomer and her quiet, beloved fisherman, Mr. Snow. Carousel paints an idyllic, yet unabashedly honest look at the lives of the townspeople.

This staged concert will feature local talent in both supporting and starring roles. In addition, local artists will present visual elements of this semi-staged production. With its pure acoustical singing and live orchestra, The Asheville Lyric Opera offers a distinctive musical style and premium stage experience. Carousel is anxiously awaited by local fans that have come to expect high quality productions from ALO. Newcomers and visitors to Asheville, even those who have never attended an opera before, will find the story, style, and even several songs familiar and relatable. A family favorite, Carousel will delight audience members of all ages.

Performances begin at 8pm on both Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 2013 with an additional performance on Saturday July 20 at 3pm, in the Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville, NC. Tickets are available at the theatre box office: 828-257-4530. For more information visit www.ashevillelyric.org.  A Full cast list and synopsis will follow in the coming weeks.

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