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Carmen Jones - The Front Row Center
The Artistic Director of the Classical Stage Company, John Doyle, is known for directing second looks at musicals in a stripped-down style that allows for a fresh look at a classic. His Sweeney Todd, Company, and The Color Purple have won numerous awards including Tony’s for all 3. So, no surprise he’s tackling a revival of the 1943 musical Carmen Jones. Which is itself Oscar Hammerstein II’s attempt at stripping down Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen in order to make that format more appealing to a modern audience.