Carousel follows the tragic romance of carousel barker Billy Bigelow (Pasquale) and mill worker Julie Jordan. The show features a catalogue of musical theater standards including “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The original production opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945. The show was revived four times, with the most recent staging winning the 1995 Tony Award for Best Revival. There’s no “if” about it: we really do love him. Steven Pasquale will star as Billy Bigelow in Lyric Opera’s Carousel next year in Chicago. Rob Ashford will direct the classic musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Joining Pasquale will be Denyce Graves as Nettie Fowler; additional casting will be announced at a later date. Performances will run from April 10, 2015 through May 3. Pasquale most recently appeared on the Great White Way in The Bridges of Madison Country. His additional stage credits include Reasons to Be Pretty on Broadway and Fat Pig, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… and A Soldier’s Play. He was the star of NBC’s short-lived drama Do No Harm, and for seven seasons he starred as Sean Garrity on FX’s Rescue Me. Mezzo-soprano Graves has performed in opera houses worldwide, including The Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Opéra National de Paris and Deutsche Oper Berlin. View Comments
The Isles placed Ho-Sang on waivers Sept. 30 and he has not yet reported to AHL Bridgeport, which Lamoriello said was at the Islanders’ request. Another report said the front office does not want Ho-Sang’s presence to distract the farm team while they work out how to honor his trade request.Lamoriello: Ho-Sang’s rep asked for a trade, so we told him not to report for a few days while we worked on that.— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) October 3, 2019His trade request marks yet another chapter in Ho-Sang’s bumpy professional career.The Islanders drafted the Toronto native 28th overall in 2014 after pre-draft scouting reports labeled him a potential superstar if he could find better consistency and warned of potential character issues. Since then, it’s been a wild ride — Ho-Sang was late to his very first day of training camp in 2015 and has played only sporadically in NHL since then. Despite playing in 21 NHL games in 2016-17 and 22 contests the following year, Ho-Sang could not solidify a permanent spot on New York’s roster — he even started the season with the big league club in 2017 but was a healthy scratch in the minor leagues by Jan. 2018. He scored 67 points in the AHL over 100 games in those two seasons.In 2018-19, Ho-Sang appeared in only 10 NHL games. He reportedly said the onus was on him to earn a spot on the Islanders’ roster in his fifth training camp — though he could not help but note the team’s success when he did play last year.Josh Ho-Sang is in the house. On whether there’s an opportunity to earn a spot here: “It’s up to me to create and them to give me a chance.”Asked about last season: “I was up for 10 games. We went 9-1. I think I helped.”— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) September 12, 2019 Bridgeport head coach Brian Heyman reportedly said he does not know if Ho-Sang will eventually report to the team. Josh Ho-Sang’s time with the New York Islanders organization may come to an end soon.Islanders team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello reportedly said Thursday that Ho-Sang’s agent asked for a trade after the 23-year-old did not make the team’s opening night NHL roster.