The Harlem Boys Choir
This dazzling all-star concert version of Hammerstein's 1943 Broadway musical—presented by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Placido Domingo—updates Bizet's tragic opera masterpiece from 19th-century Seville to the Deep South during World War II, and with an African-American cast. Vanessa Williams plays the voluptuous and self-destructive Carmen Jones, smitten with army corporal Joe until she fixes her sights on braggart prizefighter Husky Miller. With its fiery story of passion and jealousy, crackling vernacular lyrics, and vibrant score brimming with true American muscle and grit, Carmen Jones is a Kennedy Center event not to be missed.
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