Carrie tells a crowd of gossiping girls that she and Mr. Snow are getting married. As Carrie shares exciting details of the coming nuptials, Enoch Snow himself arrives, revealing his true self and reveling in the joyful anticipation.
Nettie Fowler prepares for the clambake while restless fisherman and hungry New Englanders anticipate a hearty summer feast just across the bay. As the weather warms, everyone’s feeling a bit frisky.
Tacitly, Julie and Billy understand they do not belong together, but a simple, hypothetical, conditional conversation opens them up to the realization that a genuine bond exists between them. As blossoms fall, this scene/song ends with a passionate embrace. Like a sequence in opera, “If I Loved You” is a musical conversation – a massive revelation in musical comedy at … Read More
Now that Julie is involved with the handsome carousel barker Billy Bigelow, her best friend Carrie can finally tell her about the special man in her life, Mister Snow.
Instead of opening with a traditional overture, Carousel begins with a 15-minute musical waltz suite titled “The Carousel Waltz.” Staged by Rouben Mamoulian and choreographed by Agnes de Mille, the wordless ballet sets the scene for Carousel with characters interacting at the bustling fair, all set to Rodgers’ sweeping waltzes.
The first Broadway production of Carousel in the new millennium was one to remember, and this cast album preserves the impeccable talents featured in Jack O’Brien’s illustrious production. Among them were Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller and Lindsay Mendez, alongside American opera star Renée Fleming singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Under the musical direction of Andy Einhorn, this production used gorgeous … Read More
The Royal National Theatre produced a landmark revival of Carousel, reimagined by director Nicholas Hytner, that Frank Rich of The New York Times hailed as a “revelation.” This cast album features Joanna Riding, Janie Dee and Michael Hayden, under the musical direction of Martin Yates, with additional new orchestrations by William David Brohn.
In a special limited engagement by the Music Theater of Lincoln Center at the New York State Theatre, Carousel returned with Broadway’s original Billy, John Raitt, joined by Eileen Christy, Susan Watson, Jerry Orbach and Katherine Hilgenberg. This 1965 Lincoln Center cast album released by RCA records preserves the classic score, including some sections that had not been recorded before.
In conjunction with the 1956 release of the motion picture, the Carousel soundtrack was released by Capitol Records on February 16, 1956. Starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones and Cameron Mitchell, director Henry King’s 20th Century Fox adaptation required a team of more than five orchestrators, whose work was conducted by Alfred Newman.
Following Carousel‘s Broadway premiere in April 1945, the Original Broadway Cast album was recorded and released on Decca in the form of five 12″ 78 rpm records, packaged in a book-like “album,” which included a lyrics booklet and synopsis. This inaugural recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s second musical collaboration includes such standards as “If I Loved You,” “Mr. Snow” and … Read More