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."
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.
Jessie Mueller as Julie Jordan
Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow
Renee Fleming as Nettie Fowler
Amar Ramasar as Jigger
Brittany Pollack as Louise
Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow
Margaret Colin as Mrs Mullin
Lindsay Mendez as Carrie Pepperidge
John Douglas Thompson as Starkeeper
Directed by Jack O'Brien
Choreography by Justin Peck
Score by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Distinguished Performance Award - Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller
Outstanding Production Of A Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
touching Timeless BEAUTIFUL
The dance is breathtaking and demonstrates how the cycle of destruction will keep occurring unless a change is made.
Carousel's return to Broadway could not be timelier - the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical explores domestic violence in Maine in the late 19th century as well as prejudice, jealousy and control.Read full review
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...a delightful and energetic tuner packed with strong performances, engaging numbers and eye-popping visuals.
Caissie Levy is stunning as Elsa, the beautiful princess with the cursed gift to turn her kingdom into ice, and Patti Murin makes a darling Anna, the earthbound princess whose love for her sister is the only thing that can set Elsa free.
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