CAROUSEL ~ March, 2018 ~ Broadway Revival (Filmed During Previews) ~ Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller, Lindsay Mendez, Alexander Gemignani, Renée Fleming
- Joshua Henry (Billy Bigelow)
- Jessie Mueller (Julie Jordan)
- Lindsay Mendez (Carrie Pipperidge)
- Alexander Gemignani (Enoch Snow)
- Margaret Colin (Mrs. Mullin)
- Renée Fleming (Nettie Fowler)
- Amar Ramasar (Jigger Craigin)
- Brittany Pollack (Louise)
- John Douglas Thompson (The Starkeeper)
- William Youmans (Mr. Bascombe)
Seventy-three years after its original debut, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical returns to Broadway.
A STAR-STUDDED REVIVAL
Winner of five Drama Desk Awards and two 2018 Tony Awards including Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for Lindsay Mendez and Best Choreography Justin Peck . Mr. Peck’s great choreographic coup comes, unexpectedly and exhilaratingly, toward the end of the first act with, of all things, “ Blow High, Blow Low .” That’s the song with the repeated lyrics, “a-sailin’ we will go,” which usually comes across as a blustery, hokey ode to the maritime life.
But this production expands that number (with some artfully extended orchestral music) to become a display of hormonal energy run rampant. Led by Mr. Ramasar the male corps de ballet configures itself into a sea-ploughing boat, its industrious crew and, most dazzlingly, the very waves of the ocean. In such moments, the performers become conduits for an irresistible life force, the same spirit that pushes Billy and Julie into each other’s arms. Santo Loquasto’s picturesque, deliberately artificial sets suggest that the world is but a provisional stage in a larger, more mysterious universe.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel has returned to Broadway, directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien , with Tony Award-winning choreography by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck , and starring Tony nominee Joshua Henry , Tony winner Jessie Mueller and four-time Grammy winner Renée Fleming .
The New York Times raves, “this ravishing Carousel tingles with the rapture of life in all its contradictions.” With a score full of “the theater’s most beautiful and enduring songs” ( Variety ), this story of passion, loss and redemption is “one of the most moving experiences in all of musical theater” ( New York Magazine ).
“God is in Carousel,” raves The Chicago Tribune . “It’s the greatest musical ever written.” Don’t miss the ecstatically acclaimed revival NPR calls “the best musical of the season, by far."
ABOUT THE SHOW
After a whirlwind romance, hot-headed carousel barker Billy Bigelow ( Joshua Henry ) and factory worker Julie Jordan ( Jessie Muller ) tie the knot, but not before they both lose their jobs.
Desperate for money, Billy reverts back to his old life of crime, falling in with his pal Jigger Craigin ( Amar Ramasar ), and together they plot to rob Julie's former boss, mill owner Mr. Bascombe ( William Youmans ).
The robbery does not go according to plan - Mr. Bascombe draws a gun on the pair and Jigger flees, leaving Billy cornered and surely facing a long stretch in prison. Utterly defeated, Billy turns a knife upon himself to avoid capture.
Fifteen years later, Billy is given the chance to repair the damage he has done, and returns to earth from 'up there' to make amends with Julie.
Lindsay Mendez and Alexander Gemignani turn in expertly crafted and beautifully sung performances as Carrie, Julie’s best friend, and her fish-scented swain, Mr. Snow. In fact, you'll probably get the same goosebumps that most of the audience did each time Alexander Gemignani sings with his beautiful Lyric Barritone voice, he turns out one of the most beautiful interpretations of Enoch Snow to date.
The tragic inevitability of “ Carousel ” has seldom come across as warmly or as chillingly as it does in this vividly reimagined revival. As directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Justin Peck , with thoughtful and powerful performances by Mr. Henry and Ms. Mueller, the love story at the show’s center has never seemed quite as ill-starred or, at the same time, as sexy.
The real spinning carousel in this production is love. That, for better and worse, is what makes nature churn — and the world go round — in this show’s blissful, anguished universe.
ABOUT THE CAPTURE
Beautifully filmed during the show's previews ~March 2018~. The show officially opened on April 12, 2018. As additional captures are made available after the show opened and the show is considered "Locked" (no further changes are made to the show), there are sure to be changes made from the production available here (filmed during Previews). (A)
Year(s): March 2018
Run time: 143m
B&W / Color: Color