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Carmen Jones to End Its Run With a Benefit Performance

Anika Noni Rose stars in John Doyle’s revival of the Oscar Hammerstein II adaptation of the Bizet opera at Classic Stage Company.

Clifton Duncan and Anika Noni Rose in Classic Stage Company's Carmen Jones.
Clifton Duncan and Anika Noni Rose in Classic Stage Company's Carmen Jones.
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Classic Stage Company has announced that the final performance of its revival of Carmen Jones on August 19 will benefit the company's Emerging Artist Development program. Tickets for this last performance are priced at $150 and $200, with a special champagne toast in the theater immediately afterward.

Carmen Jones features Anika Noni Rose in the title role. The cast also features David Aron Damane (Husky Miller), Erica Dorfler (Myrt), Clifton Duncan (Joe), Andrea Jones-Sojola (Sally), Justin Keyes (Rum), Lindsay Roberts (Cindy Lou), Soara-Joye Ross (Frankie), Lawrence E. Street (Dink), and Tramell Tillman (Sergeant Brown).

Set in the South as World War II rages overseas, Carmen Jones tells the story of a tempestuous parachute factory worker who ignites her own battle in a tragic love triangle with an airman and a prizefighter. Adapted from Bizet's legendary opera Carmen, Hammerstein shifted the story from Spain to World War II America, featuring an all African-American cast. Carmen Jones premiered on Broadway in 1943 and ran for over 500 performances.

John Doyle directs the production, which features choreography by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones. Scenic design is by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costumes by Tony Award winner Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Adam Honoré, and sound by Dan Moses Shreier.