A Star-Studded Revival
Rodgers and Hammerstein's sweeping Carousel heads back to Broadway, with Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Waitress), Tony nominee Joshua Henry (Violet, the national tour of Hamilton), Margaret Colin, Alexander Gemignani (Hamilton) and opera superstar Renee Fleming.
One of the finest musicals of Broadway's golden age, and Richard Rodgers favorite of his own works, Carousel is a top to bottom crowd-pleaser, a musically sophisticated show that spans both decades and dimensions. Among the scores many iconic numbers are 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and 'June is Bustin' Out All Over'. The story centers on the destructive but ultimately redemptive romance between Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, that continues even after Billy is dead.
Helmed by Tony winner Jack O'Brien (The Front Page, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory), this brand new production boasts choreography by New York City Ballet's Resident Choreographer Justin Peck, who promises "an even more dance-and-movement-focused production."
What is Carousel About?
After a whirlwind romance, hot-headed carousel barker Billy Bigelow and factory worker Julie Jordan tie the knot, but not before they both lose their jobs. Desperate for money, Billy reverts back to his old life of crime, falling in with his pal Jigger Craigin, and together they plot to rob Julie's former boss, mill owner Mr. Bascombe. The robbery does not go according to plan - Mr. Bascombe draws a gun on the pair and Jigger flees, leaving Billy cornered and surely facing a long stretch in prison. Utterly defeated, Billy turns a knife upon himself to avoid capture.
Fifteen years later, Billy is given the chance to repair the damage he has done, and returns to earth from 'up there' to make amends with Julie.