Tony Nomination Spotlight – Carousel

Carousel

Eleven 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.

A Musical Theatre Classic:

A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical, Carousel revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at a fatal price.

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).

Straight From the Golden Age:

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were the renowned American songwriting team who created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s. The pair reigned over what is considered the golden age of Broadway.  Richard Rodgers did the composing and Oscar Hammerstein the writing. Carousel, their second musical collaboration, opened on Broadway on April 1945 and ran for 890 performances. The musical was adapted from Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline. Carousel was adapted for a Hollywood film in 1956 and also a made-for-television special in 1967.  The 1956 film version starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.  A 1994 Broadway revival won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. Richard Rodgers later wrote that Carousel was his favorite of all his musicals.

Cast & Creatives

Tony winner Jack O’Brien (The Full Monty, Hairspray, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) directs a cast that includes 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,  Tony nominee Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell) as Carrie Pipperidge and Tony nominee and Grammy-winning opera star Renée Fleming (Living on Love) as Nettie Fowler. New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck choreographs the new staging.

Reviews:

Hollywood Reporter – “Stirring…a magnificently sung revival that breathes pulsing new life into this shimmering masterwork.”

New York Times – “The tragic inevitability of Carousel has seldom come across as warmly or as chillingly as it does in this vividly reimagined revival…the love story has never seemed quite as ill-starred or, at the same time, as sexy. ”

Time Out New York – “Sumptuous…director O’Brien invites us to admire the show as an exemplar of classic American musical theater, lovingly emphasizing its virtues.”

Variety – “The love story is haunting. And the principal players, who fully embrace the music, are a joy. A fabulous ensemble of singer-dancers…gives wings to this revival…buoyed by a full, rich-voiced chorus.”

Dance Man – Choreographer Justin Peck:

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