Running since February 2018 A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical that tells the story of millworker Julie Jordan, carousel barker Billy Bigelow, and their ultimately destructive relationship.
From the producers: Set in a small New England factory town, "Carousel" describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama - one that "set the standard for the 20th century musical" (Time Magazine) and would captivate theatergoers for generations to come. Featuring some of the most beloved numbers in the American songbook, "Carousel" is "nothing less than a masterpiece" (The New York Times).
"Carousel" is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play "Liliom", transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline. The show includes the well-known songs "If I Loved You", "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". Richard Rodgers later wrote that "Carousel" was his favorite of all his musicals. The piece has been repeatedly revived, and has been recorded several times, including a well received revival that played London in 1992 and Broadway in 1994, directed by Nicholas Hytner.
"Carousel" features Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller ("Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," "Waitress") as Julie Jordan, Tony nominee Joshua Henry ("Violet," "The Scottsboro Boys") as Billy Bigelow, and Grammy-winning opera star Renée Fleming ("Living on Love") as Nettie Fowler. Tony winner Jack O’Brien ("The Full Monty," "Hairspray," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") directs.
2018 Tony Award Nominations: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Joshua Henry), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Jessie Mueller), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Alexander Gemignani), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Renée Fleming, Lindsay Mendez), Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations.
2018 Drama Desk Nominations: Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Joshua Henry), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Jessie Mueller), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Alexander Gemignani), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Lindsay Mendez), Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Set Design for a Musical, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical, Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical, Outstanding Fight Choreography.
2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding Choreographer, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical (Lindsay Mendez).
While the current revival doesn't measure up in some ways, it makes up for it in others - starting with that glorious score. This is a beautifully sung production. All of the principal performers are in sublime voice. Jack O'Brien's direction is rather inconsistent, with some bizarre choices. But the show's bones are incredibly strong. And with a superb company of actors, dancers and musicians, this is still a "Carousel" worth a mighty spin.
The revival is made for modern audiences now living in the #MeToo era, and this production makes no effort to tell the tale through a fresh lens. It doesn't help that Mueller and Henry are devoid of chemistry and egregiously miscast. The dancing takes center stage in this production, and it's one of the best things about it. A tip of the hat, too, goes to his fine troupe of dancers, who also pull double-duty and sing as chorus members. This revival of "Carousel" does have its strong points, but a real nice clambake it's not