Thursday, May 23, 2024

Renee Fleming Hasn’t Retired, She’s Coming to Broadway Next Year in A Revival of “Carousel”


I was getting worried that opera great Renee Fleming had really retired. Nonsense! She’s too young to start playing mah jong in Miami.

Fleming will star next year in a Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel.” Her co-stars will be Jessie Mueller, of “Beautiful” and “Waitress” fame, and Joshua Henry. It’s a Scott Rudin- Roy Furman production directed by Jack O’Brien.

“Carousel” first opened in New York in 1945, following Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”

This is not Fleming’s Broadway debut. That was in 2015 with a comedy called “Living on Love.” But she didn’t sing, so this is her musical debut. In any case, I’m intrigued by Fleming’s move to Broadway. She could have a long career there after her run as a legend of opera.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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