Musical (1945)


Musique: Richard Rodgers
Paroles: Oscar Hamerstein II
Livret: Oscar Hamerstein II
Production à la création:

Carousel is the second stage musical by the team of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics).
Following the spectacular success of the first Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma! (1943), the pair sought to collaborate on another piece, knowing that any resulting work would be compared with Oklahoma!, most likely unfavorably. They were initially reluctant to seek the rights to Liliom; Molnár had refused permission for the work to be adapted in the past, and the original ending was considered too depressing for the musical theatre. After acquiring the rights, the team created a work with lengthy sequences of music and made the ending more hopeful.

Sur la côte est des Etats-Unis en 1873, une jeune ouvrière, Julie Jordan, tombe éperdument amoureuse d'un forain, Billy Bigelow, bonimenteur dans un manège forain. Ils se marient mais Billy, désormais au chômage, se comporte de plus en plus en plus mal avec sa femme. Quand quand elle se retrouve enceinte, cependant, il songe à la vie qu'il pourrait donner à son futur enfant s'il était plus riche. Il se laisse entraîner à commettre un braquage qui tourne mal et il se suicide plutôt que d'être arrêté. Quinze ans plus tard, Billy quitte le purgatoire où il expiait ses pêchés pour revenir sur terre une seule journée et réparer le mal qu'il a fait. Il y rencontre sa fille Louise et, comprenant finalement que Julie lui a pardonné, peut les quitter pour toujours, désormais soulagé.

Synopsis complet

Richard Rodgers et Oscar Hammerstein II, le duo appelé à devenir le plus célèbre de l'histoire de Broadway, avait remporté un succès historique avec Oklahoma! En 1943. Ils décidèrent de réunir la même équipe créative pour leur projet suivant, une adaptation de Liliom, une pièce hongroise de Ferenc Molnar qu'Ingrid Bergman, fraîchement débarquée d'Europe, venait d'interpréter sur les planches. Mais l' "américaneïté" d'Oklahoma ! Leur ayant si bien réussi, ils décident de transporter le lieu de l'action de la Hongrie en Nouvelle-Angleterre, dotée d'innombrables foires et parcs d'attractions. Pour l'ouverture, au lieu de la traditionnelle compilation des mélodies du spectacle, Rodgers écrivit une valse déroulant sa mélodie au rythme du manège qu'elle évoque. Continuant sans cesse à innover, lui et Hammerstein ont donné à l'ensemble de la pièce une tonalité quasi opératique et inédite à Broadway par sa profondeur psychologique : ainsi une chanson de plus de huit minutes, "Soliloquy", dans laquelle Billy envisage les conséquences sur sa vie de la naissance de son futur enfant. Quant à la chanson "You'll Never Walk Alone (Tu ne seras plus seul)", elle est devenue l'hymne officieux des marches pour les droits civiques dans les années 60.

Carousel a été brillamment adapté au cinéma en 1956 avec Shirley Jones et Gordon MacRae et sa reprise en 1993 à Londres, puis à Broadway, a été le prélude à une redécouverte complète de l'œuvre de Rodgers et Hammerstein, plus de trente ans après la fin de leur collaboration. Ce n'est que justice tant les spécialistes s'accordent pour trouver qu'il s'agit là de l'œuvre la plus aboutie de ces deux rois de Broadway.


The work premiered in 1945 and was adapted from Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline.


Acte I
"The Carousel Waltz"
"You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan" – Carrie Pipperidge and Julie Jordan
"(When I Marry) Mister Snow" – Carrie
"If I Loved You" – Billy Bigelow and Julie
"June Is Bustin' Out All Over" – Nettie Fowler and Chorus
"Mister Snow (reprise)" – Carrie, Enoch Snow and Female Chorus
"When the Children Are Asleep" – Enoch and Carrie
"Blow High, Blow Low" – Jigger Craigin, Billy and Male Chorus
"Soliloquy" – Billy

Acte I
"This Was a Real Nice Clambake" – Carrie, Nettie, Julie, Enoch and Chorus
"Geraniums in the Winder" – Enoch
"There's Nothin' So Bad for a Woman" – Jigger and Chorus
"What's the Use of Wond'rin'?" – Julie
"You'll Never Walk Alone" – Nettie
"The Highest Judge of All" – Billy
"Billy Makes a Journey" – Instrumental ballet.
"If I Loved You" (reprise) – Billy
Finale: "You'll Never Walk Alone" (reprise) – Company

Génèse

  Génèse et création de "Carousel" 


Version 1

Carousel (1945-03-Colonial Theatre-Boston)

Type de série: Pre-Broadway Try Out
Théâtre: Colonial Theatre (Boston - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 ans 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 27 mars 1945
Première : mardi 27 mars 1945
Dernière : mardi 15 avril 1947
Mise en scène : Rouben Mamoulian
Chorégraphie : Agnès de Mille
Producteur :
Avec : Billy Bigelow … John Raitt
Julie Jordan … Jan Clayton
Carrie Pipperidge … Jean Darling
Nettie Fowler … Christine Johnson
Enoch Snow … Eric Mattson
Jigger Craigin … Murvyn Vye
Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon … Russell Collins
David Bascombe … Franklyn Fox
Mrs. Mullin … Jean Casto
Hannah Bentley … Annabelle Lyon
Commentaires longs: Don Walker redid the orchestrations for "The Carousel Waltz" during the run. It had originally been scored by Robert Russell Bennett. Bennett's version (although abridged) can be heard on the cast recording of this production. The partitur for this version, however, is missing (only 6 instrumental parts have been located).
Robert Russell Bennett was asked by Richard Rodgers to do the orchestrations. At the time, Bennett was busy working in radio. He did find time to score the first two numbers: "The Carousel Waltz" and "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan/When I Marry Mister Snow." Don Walker was asked to do the rest.
Walker signed on, but he was busy at the time with a musical for which he was composing the score, Memphis Bound. For assistance, he called on Hans Spialek and Stephen Jones to do some numbers. Joe Glover also helped out by putting together the Entracte shortly before the New York opening. Major numbers orchestrated by the others included "When the Children Are Asleep (Spialek) and "This Was a Real Nice Clambake," "The Highest Judge of All" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Jones). Spialek and Jones also orchestrated incidental bits and reprises.
After Memphis Bound opened, Rodgers asked Walker to rescore the two numbers scored by Bennett. Walker's job was made difficult because Rodgers asked him to score "The Carousel Waltz" in such a way that the orchestration could be played both by full-size symphony orchestras and the 39-player orchestra being used in the Broadway production. Walker never rescored "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan," but he did do "When I Marry Mister Snow" in addition to "The Carousel Waltz."
Bennett's orchestrations for the first two numbers are heard on the original cast recording as Walker had not yet had a chance to orchestrate them.
Walker never reorchestrated the numbers and incidental bits done by Spialek, Jones, and Glover.
When the show first opened, the playbill included the following notice:
Because of governmental restrictions, The Playbill, in common with all publications, will have to curtail its consumption of paper. During this emergency it will not be possible to furnish a copy of The Playbill to every person. With your cooperation this regulation can be met without hardship if you will share your copy of The Playbill with your companion.

Version 2

Carousel (1945-03-Shubert Theatre-New Heaven)

Type de série: Pre-Broadway Try Out
Théâtre: Shubert Theatre (New Heaven - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 ans
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 22 mars 1945
Première : jeudi 22 mars 1945
Dernière : mardi 25 mars 1947
Mise en scène : Rouben Mamoulian
Chorégraphie : Agnès de Mille
Producteur :
Avec : Billy Bigelow … John Raitt
Julie Jordan … Jan Clayton
Carrie Pipperidge … Jean Darling
Nettie Fowler … Christine Johnson
Enoch Snow … Eric Mattson
Jigger Craigin … Murvyn Vye
Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon … Russell Collins
David Bascombe … Franklyn Fox
Mrs. Mullin … Jean Casto
Hannah Bentley … Annabelle Lyon
Commentaires longs: Don Walker redid the orchestrations for "The Carousel Waltz" during the run. It had originally been scored by Robert Russell Bennett. Bennett's version (although abridged) can be heard on the cast recording of this production. The partitur for this version, however, is missing (only 6 instrumental parts have been located).
Robert Russell Bennett was asked by Richard Rodgers to do the orchestrations. At the time, Bennett was busy working in radio. He did find time to score the first two numbers: "The Carousel Waltz" and "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan/When I Marry Mister Snow." Don Walker was asked to do the rest.
Walker signed on, but he was busy at the time with a musical for which he was composing the score, Memphis Bound. For assistance, he called on Hans Spialek and Stephen Jones to do some numbers. Joe Glover also helped out by putting together the Entracte shortly before the New York opening. Major numbers orchestrated by the others included "When the Children Are Asleep (Spialek) and "This Was a Real Nice Clambake," "The Highest Judge of All" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Jones). Spialek and Jones also orchestrated incidental bits and reprises.
After Memphis Bound opened, Rodgers asked Walker to rescore the two numbers scored by Bennett. Walker's job was made difficult because Rodgers asked him to score "The Carousel Waltz" in such a way that the orchestration could be played both by full-size symphony orchestras and the 39-player orchestra being used in the Broadway production. Walker never rescored "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan," but he did do "When I Marry Mister Snow" in addition to "The Carousel Waltz."
Bennett's orchestrations for the first two numbers are heard on the original cast recording as Walker had not yet had a chance to orchestrate them.
Walker never reorchestrated the numbers and incidental bits done by Spialek, Jones, and Glover.
When the show first opened, the playbill included the following notice:
Because of governmental restrictions, The Playbill, in common with all publications, will have to curtail its consumption of paper. During this emergency it will not be possible to furnish a copy of The Playbill to every person. With your cooperation this regulation can be met without hardship if you will share your copy of The Playbill with your companion.

Version 3

Carousel (1945-04-Majestic Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Majestic Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 ans 1 mois
Nombre : 890 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : jeudi 19 avril 1945
Dernière : samedi 24 mai 1947
Mise en scène : Rouben Mamoulian
Chorégraphie : Agnès de Mille
Producteur :
Avec : Billy Bigelow … John Raitt
Julie Jordan … Jan Clayton
Carrie Pipperidge … Jean Darling
Nettie Fowler … Christine Johnson
Enoch Snow … Eric Mattson
Jigger Craigin … Murvyn Vye
Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon … Russell Collins
David Bascombe … Franklyn Fox
Mrs. Mullin … Jean Casto
Hannah Bentley … Annabelle Lyon
Commentaires longs: Don Walker redid the orchestrations for "The Carousel Waltz" during the run. It had originally been scored by Robert Russell Bennett. Bennett's version (although abridged) can be heard on the cast recording of this production. The partitur for this version, however, is missing (only 6 instrumental parts have been located).
Robert Russell Bennett was asked by Richard Rodgers to do the orchestrations. At the time, Bennett was busy working in radio. He did find time to score the first two numbers: "The Carousel Waltz" and "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan/When I Marry Mister Snow." Don Walker was asked to do the rest.
Walker signed on, but he was busy at the time with a musical for which he was composing the score, Memphis Bound. For assistance, he called on Hans Spialek and Stephen Jones to do some numbers. Joe Glover also helped out by putting together the Entracte shortly before the New York opening. Major numbers orchestrated by the others included "When the Children Are Asleep (Spialek) and "This Was a Real Nice Clambake," "The Highest Judge of All" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Jones). Spialek and Jones also orchestrated incidental bits and reprises.
After Memphis Bound opened, Rodgers asked Walker to rescore the two numbers scored by Bennett. Walker's job was made difficult because Rodgers asked him to score "The Carousel Waltz" in such a way that the orchestration could be played both by full-size symphony orchestras and the 39-player orchestra being used in the Broadway production. Walker never rescored "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan," but he did do "When I Marry Mister Snow" in addition to "The Carousel Waltz."
Bennett's orchestrations for the first two numbers are heard on the original cast recording as Walker had not yet had a chance to orchestrate them.
Walker never reorchestrated the numbers and incidental bits done by Spialek, Jones, and Glover.
When the show first opened, the playbill included the following notice:
Because of governmental restrictions, The Playbill, in common with all publications, will have to curtail its consumption of paper. During this emergency it will not be possible to furnish a copy of The Playbill to every person. With your cooperation this regulation can be met without hardship if you will share your copy of The Playbill with your companion.

Version 4

Carousel (1950-06-Drury Lane Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Drury Lane Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 4 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 566 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mercredi 07 juin 1950
Dernière : samedi 13 octobre 1951
Mise en scène : Rouben Mamoulian
Chorégraphie : Agnès de Mille
Producteur :
Avec : Carrie Pipperidge … Margot Moser
Julie Jordan … Iva Withers
Mrs. Mullin … Marjorie Mars
Billy Bigelow … Stephen Douglass
Bessie/Singer … Sandra Hartley
Juggler … Eddie Le Roy
First Policeman/Principal/Singer … Vincent Charles
David Bascombe … W. Thorpe Devereux
Nettie Fowler … Marion Ross
June Girl … Mavis Ray

Version 5

Carousel (1952-01-Paper Mill Playhouse-Milburn)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 01 janvier 1952
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Carrie Pipperidge … Margot Moser
Julie Jordan … Mary O'Fallon
Mrs. Mullin … Ruth White
Billy Bigelow … Stephen Douglass
First Policeman … Elvin Campbell
David Bascombe … Hal McMurrin
Nettie Fowler … Marion Ross
Enoch Snow … Jack Harrold
Jigger Craigin … Andrew Gainey
Second Policeman … Herb Mazzini

Version 6

Carousel (1956-02-Film)

Type de série: Film
Théâtre: *** Film (*** - ***)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 16 février 1956
Première : jeudi 16 février 1956
Dernière : jeudi 16 février 1956
Mise en scène : Henry King
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Commentaires longs: The film followed the stage musical faithfully, except for five major changes:
In the film, Billy dies by accident, rather than by suicide as in the show – when he falls on his own knife while trying to escape arrest.
# The "recitative" singing in the "bench scene", leading directly into the song "If I Loved You", is turned into spoken dialogue.
# The "recitative" singing that leads directly into the song "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" is eliminated.
# The film begins in 1888, with Billy having been dead for fifteen years, and the story of his life on Earth is made into a flashback that takes up three-quarters of the film. Billy tells his own story to the Starkeeper in order to receive permission to return to Earth for one day. This last change was made to safeguard against the movie audience's being surprised at the death of Billy, and to prevent their leaving directly after it happens lest they think the story ended at that point.
# In the film, there is no specific mention of the fact that Billy must return to Earth for one day and perform a good deed in order to win entry into Heaven, as there is in the play. In the film's opening scene (a pre-credits sequence), a Heavenly Friend advises Billy that "there's trouble...down on Earth", in case he should like to return there. Billy takes the friend up on the offer, but the film gives the impression that he is not doing it specifically to be admitted into Heaven.
A smaller, less important change was the switching of the song "When The Children Are Asleep" to a later moment in order to take full advantage of the Maine locale. In the film, it is sung in a new scene by Carrie and Mr. Snow in their boat as the couple, together with Julie and Billy, sail to the island for the clambake. (This would logically place the song between Acts I and II of the stage version.) In the stage version, the song is unheard by any of the other characters, but the film places it so that Julie and Billy are there to listen to the song, and to lend a sharp contrast to the happiness that Mr. Snow feels in comparison to Billy's obvious uneasiness about the robbery that he and Jigger are soon to commit.

Version 7

Carousel (1965-08-New York State Theatre-LCPA-New York)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: David H. Koch Theatre (New-York - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 47 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 10 août 1965
Dernière : samedi 18 septembre 1965
Mise en scène : Edward Greenberg
Chorégraphie : Agnès de Mille
Producteur :
Avec : Carrie Pipperidge … Susan Watson
Julie Jordan … Eileen Christy
Mrs. Mullin … Benay Venuta
Billy Bigelow … John Raitt
Policeman … Thomas Barry
Mr. Bascombe … Ralston Hill
Nettie Fowler … Katherine Hilgenberg
Enoch Snow … Reid Shelton
Jigger Craigin … Jerry Orbach
Hannah … Jenny Workman

Version 8

Carousel (1967-05-TV)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: *** TV (*** - ***)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : dimanche 07 mai 1967
Première : dimanche 07 mai 1967
Dernière : dimanche 07 mai 1967
Mise en scène : Paul Bogart
Chorégraphie : Edward Villella
Producteur :
Avec : Billy Bigelow … Robert Goulet
Julie Jordan … Mary Grover
Carrie Pipperidge … Marilyn Mason
Nettie Fowler … Patricia Neway
Jigger Craigin … Pernell Roberts
Enoch Snow … Jack De Lon
The Starkeeper/Dr. Selden … Charles Ruggles
Mrs. Mullin … Marge Redmond
Commentaires longs: It was a part of Armstrongs Circle Theater series of four Broadway Musicals to television adaptations, the others being Brigadoon, Kismet,and Kiss Me Kate.
At 105 minutes it did need some major abridgments. The Carousel waltz prologue is shortened to about 4 minutes, Louise"s ballet is shorted somewhat, and the songs Germaniums In The Window, and Stonecutters Cut It On Stone are cut. Musically all the rest is intact, with the lengthy Bench Scene (If I Loved You) performed mostly as written.

Robert Goulet performs well, though he does indulge in some brassy Broadway singing. Mary Grover sings beautifully as Julie Jorden, but her performance lacks an emotional center. The rest of the cast all sing well and the performances in general are good.

Hapilly, there is no flashback as in the film, so the impact of the original play's tragic turn are not diminished.

Version 9

Carousel (1985-11-Paper Mill Playhouse-Milburn)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mercredi 06 novembre 1985
Dernière : dimanche 15 décembre 1985
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :

Version 10

Carousel (1992-12-London Run-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: London Run (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 3 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 01 décembre 1992
Première : jeudi 10 décembre 1992
Dernière : dimanche 27 mars 1994
Mise en scène : Nicholas Hytner
Chorégraphie : Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Producteur :
Avec : Michael Hayden (Billy Bigelow), Joanna Riding {Julie Jordan), Katrina Murphy {Carrie Pipperidge), Clive Rowe {Enoch Snow), Meg Johnsone {Nettie Fowler), Phil Daniels, Stanislav Tschassov, Luke Hope
Commentaires : Lyttelton Theatre (10/12/1992 - 27/3/1993)
Shaftesbury Theatre (16/9/1993 - 27/3/1994)

Version 11

Carousel (1994-03-Vivian Beaumont Theatre-LCPA-New York)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Vivian Beaumont Theatre (New-York - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 9 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 337 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : jeudi 24 mars 1994
Dernière : dimanche 15 janvier 1995
Mise en scène : Nicholas Hytner
Chorégraphie : Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Producteur :
Avec : Billy Bigelow … Michael Hayden
Julie Jordan … Sally Murphy
Carrie Pipperidge … Audra Ann McDonald
Nettie Fowler … Shirley Verrett
Enoch Snow … Eddie Korbich
Jigger Craigin … Fisher Stevens
Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon … Jeff Weiss
David Bascombe … Robert Breuler
Mrs. Mullin … Kate Buddeke
Hannah Bentley … Cindy Robinson

Version 12

Carousel (1996-01-US Tour)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 7 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 30 janvier 1996
Dernière : dimanche 01 septembre 1996
Mise en scène : Nicholas Hytner
Chorégraphie : Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Producteur :
Avec : Julie Jordan … Sarah Uriarte
Billy Bigelow … Patrick Wilson
Carrie Pipperidge … Sherry D. Boone
Nettie Fowler … Rebecca Eichenberger
Enoch Snow … Sean Palmer
Jigger Craigin … Brett Rickaby
Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon … William Metzo
David Bascombe … William Metzo
Mrs. Mullin … Patricia Hodges
Louise … Dana Stackpole
Commentaires longs: Houston, Music Hall, Jan. 30-Feb. 18 / Chicago, Rosemont Theatre, Feb. 20-25 / Miami, Gleason Theatre, Feb. 27-March 3 / Orlando, FL, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, March 5-10 / West Palm Beach, FL, Kravis Center, March 12-17 / Baltimore, Lyric Theatre, March 19-24 / Philadelphia, Merriam Theatre, March 26-31 / Pittsburgh, Benedum Center, April 2-7 / New Haven, CT, Shubert Performing Arts Center, April 9-21 / Boston, Shubert Theatre, April 23-May 5 / St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre, May 7-12 / TBA, May 14-19 / Seattle, WA, Fifth Avenue Theatre, May 21-June 9 / Portland, OR, Civic Auditorium, June 11-16 / Dallas, Music Hall, June 18-30 / Los Angeles, Ahmanson Theatre, July 2-Aug. 25 / Sacramento, CA, Sacramento Convention Center, Aug. 27-Sept. 1.

Version 13

Carousel (2000-02-Landis Performing Arts Center-Mos Angeles)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Landis Performing Arts Center (Los Angeles - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 11 février 2000
Première : vendredi 11 février 2000
Dernière : dimanche 27 février 2000
Mise en scène : Steven A. Glaudini
Chorégraphie : Lee Martino
Producteur :

Version 14

Carousel (2001-06-Paper Mill Playhouse-Milburn)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : vendredi 01 juin 2001
Dernière : dimanche 15 juillet 2001
Mise en scène : Robert Johanson
Chorégraphie : Robert La Fosse
Producteur :
Avec : Billy Bigelow … Matt Bogart
Julie Jordan … Glory Crampton
Carrie Pipperidge … Christiane Noll
Starkeeper … Eddie Bracken
Jigger Craigin … Jim Newman

Version 15

Carousel (2008-12-Savoy Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Savoy Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 6 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 231 représentations
Première Preview : samedi 22 novembre 2008
Première : mardi 02 décembre 2008
Dernière : samedi 20 juin 2009
Mise en scène : Lindsay Posner
Chorégraphie : Adam Cooper
Producteur :
Avec : Jeremiah James (Billy Bigelow), Alexandra Silber (Julie Jordan), Lauren Hood (Carrie Pipperidge), Alan Vicary (Enoch Snow), Lesley Garrett (Nettie Fowler), Graham MacDuff (Jigger), Lindsey Wise (Louise), Diana Kent, Derek Hagen, Tom Dwyer
Commentaires : With a first-class cast, much-praised choreography and exciting design making subtle use of projection, this was a very satisfying revival. Those with memories of the quite exceptional National Theatre production sixteen years earlier did find the present show lacking that extra little something, but for everyone else this was superb entertainment. It was originally booked to close at the end of July 2009, but closed a month early, on June 20 th when advance bookings fell away.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Despite Lindsay Posner’s old-fashioned production I was enchanted."
MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "I've always thought it a flawed masterwork; and so it proves once again in Lindsay Posner's well-sung revival which holds one's attention until the death of the hero, Billy Bigelow, after which the show ascends into the empyrean and the realms of pseudo-art."
BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Captivated by maybe the finest score even Rodgers ever produced."
LIA MARTLAND for THE STAGE says, "Touching and relatively understated staging...Adam Cooper’s choreography can be disappointingly bland."
CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Justice has been done to one of the greatest of all musicals."

Version 16

Carousel (2013-03-Théâtre du Châtelet-Paris)

Type de série: Reprise
Théâtre: Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris - France)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre : 8 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 18 mars 2013
Première : lundi 18 mars 2013
Dernière : mercredi 27 mars 2013
Mise en scène : Jo Davies
Chorégraphie : Kay Shepherd • Kim Brandstrup
Producteur :
Avec : Duncan Rock (Billy Bigelow), Kimy Mc Laren (Julie Jordan), Rebecca Bottone (Carrie Pipperidge), Lisa Milne (Nettie Fowler), David Curry (Enoch Snow), Nicholas Garrett (Jigger Craigin), Beverley Grant (Louise Bigelow), Candida Benson (Mrs Mullin), John Woodwine (Star keeper, Dr Seldon)
Chœur: Enfants d’Enoch Snow, Choeur d’Enfants Sotto Voce, Choeur du Châtelet

Version 17

Carousel (2018-04-Imperial Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Imperial Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 5 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 47 previews - 181 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 28 février 2018
Première : jeudi 12 avril 2018
Dernière : dimanche 16 septembre 2018
Mise en scène : Jack O'Brien
Chorégraphie : Justin Peck
Producteur :
Avec : 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)
Commentaires : "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.
Presse : "Blame it on God, or the fates, or — to use the metaphor of choice here — the stars. But when Billy meets Julie in the heartfelt, half-terrific revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel... you can tell they’ve been felled by a force beyond their comprehension or control." Ben Brantley for New York Times

"Carousel has such a glorious score that the music always shines bright — even in a revival as wobbly as the one now on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre." Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

"Carousel's sumptuous new Broadway revival plows steadily through the show’s darker currents. Director Jack O’Brien invites us to admire the show as an exemplar of classic American musical theater, lovingly emphasizing its virtues." Adam Feldman for Time Out New York

"Carousel embraces darkness and brutality while balancing sorrow with jubilation, tragedy with redemption in a show whose emotional complexity is equaled by its ravishing score. What a gift to have it back on Broadway in a magnificently sung revival that breathes pulsing new life into this shimmering masterwork." David Rooney for Hollywood Reporter

"Audiences encountering Joshua Henry's electrifying performance as the charismatic but star-cursed Billy Bigelow will long remember the experience. In this new Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, Henry shows off the exceptionally beautiful voice of a genuine actor-singer, a voice that while warm and mellow, can also soar with joy and tremble in despair." Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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Carousel (2020-07-Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 31 juillet 2020
Première : vendredi 31 juillet 2020
Dernière : samedi 19 septembre 2020
Mise en scène : Timothy Sheader
Chorégraphie : Drew McOnie
Producteur :

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1) 1945-04-Original Broadway Cast
2) 1956-02-Film Soundtrack
3) 1965-08-Lincoln Center Cast

4) 1987-03-London Studio Cast
5) 1992-12-Royal National Theatre
6) 1994-03-Broadway Cast