ARRAY @ LA Phil  | 

CARMEN JONES (1954) Poster



Tickets: $20.00

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ARRAY @ LA PHIL Presents:


Tuesday, November 22 @ 7:00 PM | REDCAT


Set to the music of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen with updated lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, CARMEN JONES began its life on stage and was famously translated to film in 1954 with an all-Black cast led by the iconic Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. Despite being a singer, Dandridge’s vocals were dubbed by a white performer.

Join us for a rare screening of CARMEN JONES preceded by a live musical performance by GRAMMY Award-winning mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, paying tribute to Dandridge’s towering performance.

  Image of J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano


This event is part of the 2022 Humanities Program at LA Phil which takes the work on their stages as a starting point for a larger cultural conversation. This year, celebrated filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, a Peabody Award winning narrative change collective, curates a series of humanities events exploring the themes of Rock My Soul through the lens of film and television music. Rock My Soul is a festival celebrating both historical and present-day collaboration and community formed by Black woman-identifying artists, curated by soprano Julia Bullock. The Rock My Soul festival is generously supported in part by Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa. The LA Phil's Humanities Programs are generously supported by Linda and David Shaheen.


Please note: This in-person event does not take place at ARRAY's Creative Campus. Please check the ticketing site for full arrival/check-in details and COVID protocols.

About Array

Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. Our organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, content company ARRAY Filmworks, programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and our non-profit group ARRAY Alliance.

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