The New York Philharmonic has announced that New York City Ballet principal dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck will perform in the staged production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, February 27-March 2, 2013. Robert Fairchild will portray the Carnival Boy, and Tiler Peck will portray Louise. With original choreography by Warren Carlyle, Mr. Fairchild and Ms. Peck will dance the pas de deux ballet in Act II. Reflecting this production's focus on Carousel's music, the ballet will be the sole fully choreographed scene. These performances mark Warren Carlyle's first time choreographing Mr. Fairchild and Ms. Peck, and represent Mr. Carlyle, Mr. Fairchild, and Ms. Peck's Philharmonic debuts. Mr. Fairchild and Ms. Peck are appearing courtesy of the New York City Ballet.
"Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck are the future of classical ballet, and it's a real coup that they will be dancing in this production," Warren Carlyle said. "It will be a beautiful evening about the music with one special moment of dance."
Casting for the Philharmonic's Carousel production is now complete. As previously announced, the production will star Kelli O'Hara as Julie Jordan, Nathan Gunn as Billy Bigelow, Stephanie Blythe as Nettie Fowler, Shuler Hensley as Jigger Craigin, Jason Danieley as Enoch Snow, Jessie Mueller as Carrie Pipperidge, Kate Burton as Mrs. Mullin, and John Cullum as Fisher.
The New York Philharmonic's production of Carousel will be telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center, hosted by Audra McDonald, on PBS stations Friday, April 26, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. (check local listings).
Artists Choreographer Warren Carlyle most recently directed and choreographed Chaplin at the Barrymore Theater and the hit show Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater. He also choreographed The Mystery of Edwin Drood (presented at Studio 54), A Christmas Story (Lunt Fontanne), and the recent Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies at the Marriot Marquis Theater. Mr. Carlyle directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow at the St. James Theater, A Tale of Two Cities on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theater, and the Broadway-bound Cotton Club Parade (Jazz at Lincoln Center and City Center). Also in New York, he choreographed Girl Crazy, On the Town, Finian's Rainbow, Juno, and Stairway to Paradise (all for City Center's Encores! series); 101 Dalmatians (Madison Square Garden/Tour); You Again (New York Fringe Festival); Working (Zipper Theater); Slut! (ATA); Roundabout 40th Anniversary Gala (The Public Theater); and The 24-Hour Musicals (The Public Theater). produced, directed, and choreographed the tour of Hugh Jackman in Performance (Curran Theater San Francisco, Toronto's Princess of Wales Theater); created the musical staging for the new Randy Newman revue Harps & Angels (Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles); directed and choreographed the award-winning Limelight (La Jolla Playhouse), Buddy's Tavern (O'Neill Theater Center; Richard Rodgers Award Winner), and Lucky Guy (Goodspeed); and choreographed Follies (Kennedy Center and Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles), Camelot (Stratford Shakespeare Festival Canada), A Christmas Story (U.S. tour), Mame (Kennedy Center), Dancing in the Dark (Old Globe Theater, San Diego), The Pirates of Penzance (Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed; CT Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography), The Bakers Wife (Goodspeed), and Pageant (Second City Chicago). Warren Carlyle is represented on film and television by Deception starring Hugh Jackman, Hope and Faith, An Evening at the Boston Pops, and Elton John's Made in England music video.