Betsy Wolfe withdraws from Broadway's Carousel

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

It has been confirmed that Broadway favorite Betsy Wolfe - current star of Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre - has withdrawn from the upcoming Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel due to scheduling conflicts.

Ms. Wolfe released the following statement:

"I am so sad that I won't be able to join this beautiful production due to scheduling conflicts this fall, and wish the team all the best moving forward."

Producer Scott Rudin added:

"We wish Betsy well and are enormously disappointed she won't be able to join the company at the Imperial."

A replacement for the role of Carrie Pipperidge will be announced at a later date.

Carousel officially opens on April 12, 2018, with previews beginning on February 28, at Broadway's Imperial Theatre.

The cast of Carousel includes Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (as Julie Jordan), two-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry (as Billy Bigelow), opera sensation Renée Fleming as Nettie Fowler, Amar Ramasar (as Jigger), Brittany Pollack (as Louise), Alexander Gemignani (as Enoch Snow) and Margaret Colin (as Mrs. Mullins).

The ensemble will feature Colin Anderson, Yesenia Ayala, Nicholas Belton, Colin Bradbury, Andrei Chagas, Leigh-Ann Esty, Laura Feig, David Michael Garry, Garett Hawe, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Amy Justman, Jess LeProtto, Skye Mattox, Adriana Pierce, David Prottas, Craig Salstein, Ahmad Simmons, Antoine L. Smith, Corey John Snide, Erica Spyres, Ryan Steele, Sam Strasfeld, Ricky Ubeda, Scarlett Walker, Jacob Keith Watson, and William Youmans.

This new production of Carousel is directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Justin Peck.

Synopsis: "Set in a New England mill town, Carousel tells the tragic tale of romance between carnival barker Billy Bigelow and factory-worker Julie Jordan. The score consists of such musical theatre standards as "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone.""

The creative team for this production of Carousel features musical supervision and direction by Andy Einhorn, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

The musical first premiered on Broadway in 1945 and has since enjoyed a total of four Broadway revivals. It was last staged on the Great White Way by Lincoln Center Theater in 1994, picking up five Tony Awards including "Best Revival of a Musical".

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