Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Photos: Jennifer Ellis, Ciarán Sheehan and Leigh Barrett Star in Reagle’s CAROUSEL through Jun. 19

Ciarán Sheehan and Jennifer Ellis. Photo by Herb Philpott

Ciarán Sheehan and Jennifer Ellis. Photo by Herb Philpott

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston kicked off its 48th consecutive summer season with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s masterpiece CAROUSEL on June 9, 2016, at the Robinson Theatre (617 Lexington St. Waltham, MA, 02452) and performances will continue through June 19th.

 Jennifer Ellis and Leigh Barrett. Photo by Herb Philpott

Jennifer Ellis and Leigh Barrett. Photo by Herb Philpott

Directed and Choreographed by Rachel Bertone (The Wild Party, Guys & Dolls), CAROUSEL stars IRNE Award winner Jennifer Ellis (My Fair Lady, The Most Happy Fella) as innocent millworker Julie Jordan, Broadway star Ciarán Sheehan (LES MISERABLES, Phantom) as swaggering carnival barker Billy Bigelow, and Elliot Norton/IRNE Award winner Leigh Barrett (Grey Gardens, Ragtime) as Nettie Fowler, the kind-hearted mother figure.

Ciarán Sheehan and Company. Photo by Herb Philpott

Ciarán Sheehan and Company. Photo by Herb Philpott

The CAROUSEL cast also includes Jessica Kundla as Carrie Pipperidge, Dan Prior as Enoch Snow, Todd Yard as Jigger Craigin, Karen Fanale as Mrs. Mullin, Kyra Christopher as Louise Bigelow, Stephen Rourke as Mr. Bascombe and Rick Sherburne as The Starkeeper.

Ciarán Sheehan and Company. Photo by Herb Philpott

Ciarán Sheehan and Company. Photo by Herb Philpott

Under IRNE Award winning Music Director Dan Rodriguez (Guys and Dolls), CAROUSEL  feature some of the most powerful music ever written for the stage including “If I Loved You”, “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” and the iconic “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Ciarán Sheehan and Jennifer Ellis. Photo by Herb Philpott

Ciarán Sheehan and Jennifer Ellis. Photo by Herb Philpott

CAROUSEL was named the best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine. Spanning heaven and earth to explore themes of human frailty and resilience, CAROUSEL tells of roguish carnival barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan who meet and fall in love. The tale that follows is a story of love, violence, hope and redemption. Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play “Lilion”, as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer. Original Dances by Agnes de Mille.

Remaining Performance Schedule:  Sun, June 12 at 2:00 PM; Thurs, June 16 at 3:00 PM; Fri, June 17 at 7:30 PM; Sat, June 18 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM; Sun, June 19 at 2:00 PM.

Single adult tickets are $35-$63; discounts apply for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at www.reaglemusictheatre.com, by calling 781-891-5600, or at the theater box office. Season subscribers can save 20% on each show! Subscriptions available for purchase thru June 19th, 2016 by calling the box office.

Ciarán Sheehan and Karen Fanale. Photo by Herb Philpott

Ciarán Sheehan and Karen Fanale. Photo by Herb Philpott

The cast of CAROUSEL. Photo by Herb Philpott

The cast of CAROUSEL. Photo by Herb Philpott

CAROUSEL Company. Photo by Herb Philpott

CAROUSEL Company. Photo by Herb Philpott

The cast of CAROUSEL. Photo by Herb Philpott

The cast of CAROUSEL. Photo by Herb Philpott

Rick Sherburne and Ciarán Sheehan. Photo by Herb Philpott

Rick Sherburne and Ciarán Sheehan. Photo by Herb Philpott

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston (RMT) has been bringing Broadway-quality musical theatre to the greater Boston area for 48 seasons. Under the creative direction of Robert J. Eagle the non-profit theater company’s professional productions have earned IRNE and Moss Hart Memorial Awards as well as rave reviews from critics. Reagle’s productions have attracted Broadway stars and legendary performers including Patti LuPone, Sally Struthers, Vicki Lawrence, Andrea McArdle and Shirley Jones. RMT is also committed to supporting arts education for area youth through Youth Education programs and by using theatre techniques to support the Waltham Public Schools’ curriculum. For the latest information on Reagle Music Theatre’s programs and performances see www.reaglemusictheatre.org, and follow RMT on Facebook (ReagleMusicTheatre) and Twitter (@ReagleMusicThtr).

CAROUSEL is presented through special arrangement of R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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