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Matthew Kelly joins Carousel Cadogan Hall concert starring Janie Dee and Joanna Riding

Kelly will complete the cast of the ”Carousel” concert at Cadogan

Matthew Kelly
Matthew Kelly
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Matthew Kelly will complete the cast of the Carousel revival concert at Cadogan Hall starring Joanna Riding and Janie Dee.

Kelly, who won an Olivier Award for his performance as Lennie in Of Mice and Men, has credits including Sign of the Times and Waiting for Godot. He is also known for his presenting on shows including Stars in Their Eyes, and will appear in Big at the Dominion Theatre later this year. He will play the Star Keeper in the revival production, which runs for one night only on 19 May.

Also cast in the piece are Hadley Fraser as Billy Bigelow, Gavin Spokes as Enoch Snow, Chizzy Akudolu as Mrs Mullin, Stewart Clarke as Jigger and Lucy Schaufer as Nettie Fowler. The GSA singers from the Guildford School of Acting will also support the cast, with Patricia Routledge.

The 1945 musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's second, follows carousel barker Bigelow who has a budding romance with millworker Julie Jordan. It features numbers including "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Mr Snow", "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "If I Loved You".

The one-off concert will feature a 31-piece orchestra conducted by Alex Parker playing Don Walker's complete original orchestration.