is the musical adaptation and update of Bizet's operatic score for Carmen, with an African-American setting. Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the book and dialogue, and the music, which is essentially Bizet's original score, was re-orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Carmen Jones
originally premiered in New York in 1943, running for over 500 performances. The show has not been seen in London for fifteen years. The Royal Festival Hall production will boast a cast of soloists, chorus, actors and dancers, as well as a symphony orchestra of sixty players. The performances will be shared equally between the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia.Performers Tsakane Valentine Maswanganyi (Carmen Jones), Andrew Clarke (Joe), Sherry Boone (Cindy Lou), Rodney Clarke (Husky Miller), Andee-Louise Hypolite (Frankie), Phillip Browne (Rum), Akiya Henry (Myrt), John Moabi (Dink), Brenda Edwards (Pearl), Rolan Bell (Morrell), Joe Speare (Sargeant Brown), Joanna Francis (Mrs Higgins), George Daniel Long (Mr Higgins), Josie Benson, Stuart Bowden, Peter Brathwaite, Jina Burrows, Angela Caesar, Ian Carlyle, Darren Charles, Laurence De Maeyer, Leroy Dias Dos Santos, Ramon Diaz Crosdale, Herve Goffings, Celia Grannum, Yolanda Grant-Thompson, Divine Harrison, Welly Locoh Donou, Tania Mathurin, Terel Nugent, Kelechi Sarah Nwanokwu, Ngo Omene-Ngofa, Joanna Riseboro, Tarisha Rommick, Alesandra Seutin, Nadine Smith, Antontio Tengroth, Jordene Thomas, Kenny Thompson.
Author Oscar Hammerstein II. Music Bizet. Producer Southbank Centre. Producer Raymond Gubbay. Director Jude Kelly. Design Michael Vale. Choreographer Rafael Bonachela. Musical Director Simon Lee. Lighting Malcolm Rippeth.