Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

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Friday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, 8 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Tickets go on sale August 17

One of the most loved musicals ever, Carousel is not just an audience favorite, but, of all the shows created by Rodgers and Hammerstein, it was their favorite, too!

This timeless story of love and sacrifice is set to some of the most wonderful music ever written for the stage.  Songs like “If I Loved You,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” tell the love story of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan.

A little show history:

Carousel is R&H’s second musical and is based on the play Liliom, by Ferenc Molnar.  It debuted in 1945 after the major success of the duo’s huge hit, Oklahoma!.  Carousel is the story of carnival barker Billy Bigelow, who meets and falls in love with Julie Jordan, when the carnival visits her Maine hometown.  Billy and Julie both lose their jobs but get married.  When she becomes pregnant, he must find a way to support his family.  Billy attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child.  When it goes horribly wrong, Billy gets a chance to make things right.  Another part of the story involves millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman, Enoch Snow.  The show also celebrates life on the Maine coast with “June is Bustin’ Out all Over” and “A Real Nice Clambake.”

The musical opened on April 19, 1945, and was an immediate hit with both critics and audiences. Carousel initially ran for 890 performances on Broadway.  Since then, it’s been repeatedly revived in New York and in London. In 1999, Time magazine named Carousel the best musical of the 20th century.

 

s the perfect show for the whole family!