"You'll Never Walk Alone"... Those reassuring words once again ring out on the Great White Way with the Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical Carousel, which features a starry cast headlined by two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry, Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, and opera sensation Renée Fleming.
Infused with brand new choreography by New York City Ballet's Justin Peck, the dance sequences range from dreamily graceful to strikingly masculine and have given new life to this timeless classic. In addition, the difficult theme of domestic abuse is sensitively addressed by director Jack O'Brien for the modern day audience and we are reminded how progressive Rodgers & Hammerstein actually were to shine a light on the topic in a Broadway musical way back in 1945.
This production boasts a beautifully crafted scenic design by Santo Loquasto that allows the audience to admire and be inspired to use their own imaginations in equal measures. He paints a picture of a bygone era that has a deliberately hazy atmosphere about it, as if being recalled from a distant memory. It blends with Rodgers & Hammerstein's sumptuous score to great effect and the production delivers an inescapable air of nostalgia as a result.
Longtime fans of Carousel will discover enough, in terms of a new interpretation, to warrant a re-visit, whilst first-timers will be rewarded with a lavish revival of one of the all time greats. So, walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway.
(Photos by Julieta Cervantes)
Set in a New England mill town, Carousel tells the tragic tale of romance between carnival barker Billy Bigelow and factory-worker Julie Jordan.
Cast and creative
By: Music by Richard Rodgers, Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Director: Jack O'Brien
Producer: Scott Rudin and Roy Furman
Cast list: Joshua Henry (as Billy Bigelow), Jessie Mueller (as Julie Jordan), Renée Fleming (as Nettie Fowler), Lindsay Mendez (as Carrie Pipperidge), Alexander Gemignani (as Enoch Snow), Margaret Colin (as Mrs. Mullins), Amar Ramasar (as Jigger), Brittany Pollack (as Louise), and John Douglas Thompson (as Starkeeper)
Design: Santo Loquasto
Lighting: Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer
Costume: Ann Roth
Choreography: Justin Peck
Sound: Scott Lehrer
Other info: Musical Supervision and Direction by Andy Einhorn, and Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick