In a Southern town during World War II, Joe, an army corporal, is stationed near a parachute factory where Carmen
Jones is employed. This reputed hussy soon manages to steal Joe away from his fiancée, and the army as well, and
they run off to Chicago together. But the fickle Carmen loses interest in Joe when she meets and successfully woos
Husky Miller, a prize fighter on his way to the top. Mad with jealousy, Joe waits for Carmen outside the stadium the night
of Husky’s big fight to make a last desperate plea for her love. When she denies him resolutely, he stabs her to death in
a rage of passion to the eerie accompaniment of the crowd inside the stadium cheering Husky’s victory.
Large singing-dancing ensemble with several small roles and children
Dancing Boxers (2)
*Casting Note: CARMEN JONES was written to be performed with an all African American cast as it was originally
produced on Broadway in 1943.
CARMEN JONES takes place during World War II in the American South and in Chicago.