Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose plays the title role in a new production of the musical Carmen Jones. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle and choreographed by fellow Tony winner Bill T. Jones, the show features a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Georges Bizet. This production is the first major New York revival of the musical since its Broadway debut 75 years ago.
Set in the American South as World War Two 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. In adapting Bizet's legendary opera Carmen, Hammerstein shifted the story from Spain to World War Two-era America and made the characters African-American. His musical premiered on Broadway in 1943 and ran for over 500 performances. Otto Preminger directed a 1954 film version starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte.