Olney Theatre Center Reimagines "Carousel" on its 70th Anniversary

olney theatre centerOlney, MD — March 12, 2015 — Olney Theatre Center, a Mid-Atlantic destination for extraordinary theater performance and education, celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Carousel" with a reimagined production of the classic musical, running April 15 – May 10, 2015 on the Mainstage.


The Helen Hayes Award-nominated team behind last year’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — director Jason Loewith, choreographerTommy Rapley, and music director Christopher Youstra — reunite for the production, which features an extraordinary team of Broadway performers and Olney Theatre Center veterans, backed up by a 12-piece orchestra.  Olney Theatre Center’s production opens officially on April 18, 2015:  70 years to the day (minus one) that "Carousel" opened on Broadway.


“It’s got unforgettable characters, moments of pure theatrical magic and the lushest and most resonant music Rodgers and Hammerstein ever wrote, centered on a passionate quest for redemption,” says Olney Theatre Center Artistic DirectorJason Loewith. “I’m trying not to feel too much pressure, but it’s kind of the greatest musical of all time.”


After a bank robbery gone wrong, carousel barker Billy Bigelow is given a second chance to make things right for the love-of-his-life Julie Jordan and the child he never got to meet. "Carousel" features some of the form’s best-loved songs: “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “If I Loved You,” and the seven-minute powerhouse “Soliloquy”. Time Magazine calls this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic tale of love and redemption the “greatest musical of the twentieth century.”


The cast is led by Tally Sessions, who is making his Olney Theatre Center debut, as Billy Bigelow. Mr. Sessions was most recently seen on Broadway in Big Fish,the National Tour of Bart Sher’s South Pacific, and in productions at Goodspeed Opera House and Paper Mill Playhouse. He is joined by Carey Rebecca Brownas Julie Jordan. Ms. Brown’s New York appearances include Broadway’s Ragtimeand New York City Opera’s Candide.   Dorea Schmidt, recently seen in Arena Stage’s smash-hit Fiddler on the Roof, takes on the role of Carrie Pipperidge, andEugenio Vargas makes his Olney Theatre Center debut as Enoch Snow. Olney Theatre Center audience favorites Delores King Williams (Grease) and Eileen Ward (The King & I) tackle the roles of Nettie Fowler and Mrs. Mullins respectively, while Chris Genebach of last year’s Awake and Sing! plays Jigger. Local phenom Maya Brettell plays Billy’s daughter Louise, and J. Morgan White rounds out the principal cast as Carnival Boy.


The ensemble features Olney Theatre Center veterans MaryLee AdamsIan BerlinGracie JonesChristopher MuellerHenry NiepoetterTaylor Elise RectorLeo Christopher SheridanSuzanne Stanley, and Russell Sunday, as well as Henry BarartzCarlos CastilloJoshua DickSimon Diesenhaus,Kevin GriecoGriffin McCahill, and Nicholas Schaap making their Olney Theatre Center debuts.


The award-winning design team includes Scenic Designer Milagros Ponce De Leon, Lighting Designer Jen Schriever, Costume Designer Seth Gilbert, Sound Designer Tony Angelini, and Projections Designer Zachary Borovay.


Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Original Dances by Agnes De Mille

Based on the Play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer

Directed by Jason Loewith

Musical Direction by Christopher Youstra

Choreography by Tommy Rapley


April 15 – May 10, 2015

Press Night: Saturday, April 18, 2015

Performances are Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm; matinees on Sunday at 2pm;Saturday matinees at 2pm on April 25May 2, and May 9Wednesday matinees at2pm on April 22 and May 6.


Tickets are $38-$75. Discounts available for groups, seniors, military, and students.



Olney Theatre Center is an award-winning, nonprofit, Equity theatre. Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round. Olney Theatre Center is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities. Olney Theatre Center is home to the National Players, America's longest-running touring company and led by Artistic Director Jason Loewith and Managing Director Debbie Ellinghaus. For more information please visitwww.olneytheatre.org.

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