Anika Noni Rose and the Cast of Carmen Jones

Carmen Jones, starring Anika Noni Rose, extends run at Classic Stage Company

The Classic Stage Company revival of Carmen Jones will now play its final performance on August 19, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Classic Stage Company has announced a three-week extension for its current production of Carmen Jones, starring Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose, which began previews on June 9, officially opened on June 27 and will now run through to August 19, 2018 (instead of July 29).

Carmen Jones features a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Georges Bizet and is based on Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy's adaptation of Prosper Mérimée's Carmen.

Synopsis: "Set in the South as World War II rages overseas, Carmen Jones tells the story of a tempestuous parachute factory worker who ignites her own battle in a tragic love triangle with an airman and a prizefighter. Adapted from Bizet's legendary opera Carmen, Hammerstein shifted the story from Spain to World War II America, featuring an all African-American cast."

The complete cast of Carmen Jones includes Anika Noni Rose (in the title role), David Aron Damane (as Husky Miller), Erica Dorfler (as Myrt), Clifton Duncan (as Joe), Andrea Jones-Sojola (as Sally), Justin Keyes (as Rum), Lindsay Roberts (as Cindy Lou), Soara-Joye Ross (as Frankie), Lawrence E. Street (as Dink), and Tramell Tillman (as Sergeant Brown).

Under the direction of CSC Artistic Director and Tony Award winner John Doyle, the creative team also features choreography by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, music supervision & orchestrations by Joseph Joubert, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Tony Award winner Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Adam Honoré, and sound design by Dan Moses Shreier.

Carmen Jones originally premiered on Broadway in 1943, ran for over 500 performances and was also adapted into a 1954 film, directed by Otto Preminger and starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte.

Anika Noni Rose won a Tony Award in 2004 for her performance as Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change (a role she originated at The Public Theater in 2003). She also earned a Tony Award nomination in 2014 for her portrayal of Beneatha Younger in A Raisin in the Sun and also appeared on Broadway as Maggie in the 2008 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and as Rusty in the Broadway premiere of Footloose. Off-Broadway she also appeared in the Vineyard Theatre's 2001 production of Eli's Comin'. Her many screen credits include the role of Lorrell Robinson in the 2006 film adaptation of "Dreamgirls" and voicing Tiana in Disney's animated classic "The Princess and the Frog".

Carmen Jones Tickets are available now for performances through to August 19, 2018.

(Photo by Joan Marcus)

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