2018 Broadway Revival

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In a stunning return to Broadway, this monumental revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, directed by Jack O’Brien, opened on April 12, 2018. O’Brien’s gorgeous production boasted the best performing talent in New York– and not just from Broadway! Choreographer Justin Peck, a rising star of the ballet world, assembled dancers from the New York City Ballet, and straight from … Read More

1994 Broadway Revival

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After a tremendous return to the West End, Nicholas Hytner’s National Theatre production of Carousel made its way to Broadway under the auspices of Lincoln Center Theatre at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, starring Sally Murphy as Julie Jordan, Michael Hayden reprising his role as Billy from the previous London run, and Audra McDonald, who won her first Tony Award for … Read More

1992 West End Revival

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In a glorious return to London, Carousel was the first of a series of musicals at the Royal National Theatre funded in part by the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation. Hailed as a “revelation” by Frank Rich of The New York Times, it opened on December 10, 1992. This revelatory new production was helmed by director Nicholas Hytner, and featured new choreography … Read More

1965 Lincoln Center Revival

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In the summer of 1965, Carousel returned to Broadway in a limited engagement at the New York State Theatre under the auspices of the Music Theatre of Lincoln Center. This special revival reunited choreographer Agnes de Mille with John Raitt, who played Billy Bigelow in the original Broadway company. Also appearing in the company were Eileen Christy as Julie, Susan … Read More

1956 Motion Picture

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Directed by Henry King with a screenplay by Phoebe and Henry Ephron, the 20th Century Fox film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel premiered just a year after Oklahoma! made its way to the big screen. The film starred Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones and Cameron Mitchell. The lead role of Billy Bigelow was originally to be played by Frank Sinatra, … Read More

1950 West End Premiere

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In a momentous London debut, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel opened at the West End’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on June 7, 1950. Imported Americans played the lead roles: Iva Withers played Julie Jordan, Margot Moser sang “Mr. Snow” as Carrie Pipperidge, and Stephen Douglass reprised the role of  Billy Bigelow after his runs in the national tour and the 1949 … Read More

1945 Original Broadway Production

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Produced by The Theater Guild, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s triumphant return to Broadway was their second musical collaboration, Carousel, which opened April 19, 1945 at the Majestic Theatre. John Raitt and Jan Clayton were cast as the leads. The reviews were enthusiastic across the board, and the new collaborators celebrated another box office smash that, once again, raised the standard for … Read More