Playing Louise Bigelow in the Musical Carousel in Concert with The New York Philharmonic

After my last show of Sleeping Beauty, I felt like a weight was lifted off of me and I could actually relax. However, I didn’t have much time since the day after season, I had rehearsal (video shown below of me rehearsing in my Body Wrappers Premiere leotard style P422) for my upcoming performances, in the 1945 Rogers & Hammerstein musical Carousel performed with the New York Philharmonic. I was asked to play Louise Bigelow in the production and perform the Act II pas, with fellow Principal dancer Robert Fairchild as the carnival boy. The cast could not have been more talented and combined all areas of art. Opera legends Nathan Gunn and Stephanie Blythe were combined with Broadway stars Kellie O’hara, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller, not to mention the wonderful New York Philharmonic. To be on the same stage as all of these stars and have the orchestra and music onstage to drive us, was a dream come true. I also had a few scenes and songs in the production, which allowed me to use some of my acting background from my childhood in California. This production was truly a highlight this year and something that went by too quickly. It was very special and something I will never forget. If you missed the five shows, don’t worry, because you can watch it on April 26th on PBS as part of the Live From Lincoln Center Series. I feel so fortunate to have had these amazing opportunities


Rehearsal for the New York Philharmonic’s “Carousel” Production

Me modeling in the Body Wrappers Premiere leotard P422 in Fuchsia, the style I wore in Charcoal to rehearse in the video above

Me modeling in the Body Wrappers Premiere leotard P422 in Fuchsia, the style I wore in Charcoal to rehearse in the video above

Me dancing with the Carnival Boy played by NYC Ballet Principal Robert Fairchild

Me dancing with the Carnival Boy played by NYC Ballet Principal Robert Fairchild

Me dancing as Metropolitan Opera baritone Nathan Gunn, in character as my late father Billy Bigelow, looks on

Me dancing as Metropolitan Opera baritone Nathan Gunn, in character as my late father Billy Bigelow, looks on

Me dancing as my late father Billy Bigelow observes

Me dancing as my late father Billy Bigelow observes

Me in my speaking role as Louise, with Billy Bigelow (Nathan Gunn)

Me in my speaking role as Louise, with Billy Bigelow (Nathan Gunn)

Robbie, Philharmonic Conductor Rob Fisher, and I

Robbie, Philharmonic Conductor Rob Fisher, and I

 

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