Devastated to hear that my beloved “Carousel” is closing in Sept.! The curt press release didn’t give reasons, but the primary reason for something like this happening, and so suddenly, is money.. The box-office is always the culprit. Ticket sales will now, of course, go through the roof.
Lindsey Mendez, who all you dear readers know, was not in it the performance I saw. She won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and was not widely known heretofore. She can be seen on You Tube in a series of backstage-at-Carousel videos she made.
Justin Peck also won Best Choreography for his incredible, soaring, balletic dance numbers.
This is all so sad. And the press release made it sound quite final, like there was no wiggle room on this blunt decision.If you haven’t seen it, you must rush to see it as soon as possible. Opera Legend Renee Fleming, Tony winner for “Beautiful” Jessie Mueller, and the incredible Joshua Henry also star. Jessie Mueller also won Best Actress in a Musical from the Drama Desk. And it has the largest orchestra of a Broadway show in recent memory. And a harp! The superb orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick and Musical Supervision by Andy Einhorn.
It’s at the Imperial Theater 249 West 45th Street, the same theater where my favorite show of last year “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet” was.*sigh*