Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical comes to life in a new production starring Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller, and Renée Fleming.

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Set in a small New England factory town, Rodgers & Hammerstein's timeless musical describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him.


  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel was the second stage musical Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote together, coming after the phenomenally successful Oklahoma!. They adapted the story from Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play Liliom, which was a well-known drama set in Budapest. Hammerstein transferred the action to coastal New England.
  • The musical was considered innovative in its day in part because of its relatively dark subject matter and formal innovation. For example, rather than opening with a traditional overture, Carousel begins with a choreographed musical sequence called “The Carousel Waltz.”


The musical premiered on Broadway in 1945 and has previously been revived several times, including two City Center stagings. A 1956 feature film version starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.


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