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Stage Door Theatre
PresentsCarnival logo - ckJanuary 22 – February 28, 2016

 “…shiny soap bubble of a musical…
Ben Brantley ~ NY Times

January 5, 2016

MARGATE, FL:  Acclaimed for its ‘magic’, ‘simplicity’, and ‘compassion’, Carnival blends music, comedy, and pathos into what has been referred to as ‘America’s Magical Musical’.  Carnival will open at Margate’s Stage Door Theatre on January 22nd and run through February 28th.

Adapted from the 1953 film Lili, which was in turn based on short story by Paul Gallico (‘The Man Who Hated People’), Carnival tells the tale of Lili, an orphan, who arrives at a small European carnival seeking a friend of her late father’s and, she hopes, an offer of a home. There she is pulled between two masculine forces in the company: magician Marco the Magnificent and Paul, a misanthropic puppeteer.   Michael Stewart (Hello Dolly) wrote the book, and Bob Merrill (lyricist for Funny Girl and numerous pop songs including ‘How Much is that Doggie in the Window’) wrote Carnival’s music and lyrics.  The original production was directed and choreographed by Gower Champion.

Carnival debuted in 1961 won several awards, including two Tonys, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award as Best Musical of 1962. The title song ‘Theme from Carnival (Love Makes the World Go ‘Round)’ has become a standard in the lexicon of American musical theatre.

Dan Kelley

Dan Kelley

Stage Door’s artistic director Dan Kelley will direct the production:
“I’m so excited about this show,” Kelley says.  “I love a challenge and this project provided many. Where do I the find puppets that play such an important part in the story? I knew Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut did a production of Carnival in 2010, so I gave them a call – and the next thing I knew I had rented the complete set that were designed and built by master puppeteer Robert Smythe.  And,” he continues, “The puppets were underwritten by a very generous donation from The Friends of the Cultural Arts!

“I had to find an ensemble that not only could sing and dance but also had to possess all sorts of crazy circus skills, so I put an ad in Playbill and was lucky to find ten very talented and flexible, performers – our audiences will see jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, and puppeteers.

“The show starts out in a field and the performers erect a circus tent in front of the audience-ugh- what?” he continues “I called set designer Michael McClain and he didn’t run screaming from the meeting – and his design for the show is as magical as it needs to be. So many specialty costumes needed to be built so I called Larry Bauman and he agreed and has done some beautiful sketches and is probably sewing, and cursing me, at this very moment! I needed an innovative choreographer who wasn’t daunted by this huge show and I remembered Ben Solmor and the fine work he did with last year’s production of Cabaret; I gave him a call and he agreed to join the team.  Rounding out my Carnival production staff is multiple Carbonell Award-winner and great friend, musical director David Nagy.”

Kelley’s Lili will be played by Anjane Girwarr:
“I have particularly enjoyed getting to know Michael Stewart’s Lili,” she says.  “She’s a beacon of optimistic light, and a portrayal of how no matter what the world throws at you, persistent positivity can transform even the most cynical.  Bob Merrill’s music beautifully helps promote these ideas in Lili’s nostalgic ‘Mira’, and ‘Love Makes the World Go ‘Round’, songs that I love to sing.”

Other cast members include Bruno Faria as Paul, Alexa Baray as Rosalie, Michael Santora as Marco, Jason Plourde as Schlegel, Sebastian Lombardo as Jaquot, and Sean Dorazio as Grobert and Dr. Glass.

Carnival will run from January 22 to February 28 at The Stage Door Theatre. Tickets for Carnival are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoortheatre.com. Group and Subscriber Discounts are available for all Stage Door productions

For more information about Carnival and/or The Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoortheatre.com , or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244).

January 22 – February 28, 2016
Music and Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Book by Michael Stewart
Based on the story by Paul Gallico and the screenplay for Lili by Helen Deutsch
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Wednesday, Saturday, &  Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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