Diaz, LaCause, Sevasti, Stanek, et al. Cast in Kennedy Center's Carnival
Robert Longbottom will direct the production, which will feature sets by Andrew Jackness, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Ken Billington, puppets by Edward Christie, and magic by Eddie Joe Fairchild. Longbottom's Broadway credits include Flower Drum Song, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Side Show; he also directed the Kennedy Center's 2005 production of Mister Roberts.
With a book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Bob Merrill, Carnival is based on Helen Deutsch's screenplay for the 1953 MGM motion picture Lili, which was in turn based on a story by Paul Gallico. The musical tells the story of a lonely girl from a small village in France who joins the Grande Imperial Cirque de Paris, falls for the troupe's manipulative magician, and enchants a disillusioned puppeteer, who can only show his love for her through his whimsical creations. The original 1961 Broadway production of the show, directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, starred Anna Maria Alberghetti, Jerry Orbach, James Mitchell, and Kaye Ballard.
Sevasti has performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse, the George Street Playhouse, and the Chatham Playhouse in such shows as The Sound of Music, All the King's Horses, and Little Shop of Horrors. Stanek's Broadway credits include Lestat, The Rivals, and A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum; he is currently appear alongside Diaz Off-Broadway in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. She has appeared on Broadway in Man of La Mancha, Seussical, The Capeman, and Carousel.