1994 Broadway Revival
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 her portrayal of Carrie Pipperidge. Also appearing in ensemble roles were the now recognizable Brian d’Arcy James and, making his Broadway debut as the Policeman, Taye Diggs. This Broadway revival of Carousel swept the Tony Awards in 1994, winning all five of its nominations, including Best Revival, Best Direction, Best Choreography and Best Scenic Design of a Musical.
Nicholas Hytner’s London production was presented by Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on February 18, 1994. The cast included London’s lead, Michel Hayden, along with Sally Murphy, opera great Shirley Verrett, and newcomer – and winner of her first Tony Award – Audra McDonald.