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Garrett in Carousel

PUBLISHED: 12:51 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 17:24 16 August 2010

Lesley Garrett is to return to the London stage in a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, which comes to the Savoy from 22 November following a UK tour.

Lesley Garrett is to return to the London stage in a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, which comes to the Savoy from 22 November following a UK tour.

Carousel reunites director Lindsay Posner and producer Kim Poster, who last year saw their Henry Goodman-led production of Fiddler On The Roof receive an extended run at the Savoy. Alexandra Silber, who appeared in that production, also returns to the Savoy to join Garrett in the cast of Carousel, along with Jeremiah James.

The 1945 musical tells the story of the love affair between smooth-talking carousel barker Billy Bigelow (James) and naïve young mill worker Julie Jordan (Silber), set to a score that includes the numbers If I Loved You, The Carousel Waltz and You'll Never Walk Alone.

The last major production of the musical, at the National Theatre in 1992, won Best Musical Revival at the 1993 Laurence Olivier Awards.

Opera soprano and successful recording artist Garrett, who plays Nettie in this new production, was last seen in the West End playing Mother Abbess in The Sound Of Music at the London Palladium, her musical theatre debut.

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