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The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a play by Ferenc Molnar.


Story:

Billy Bigelow, a traveling carnival man, and Julie Jordan, a local factory worker are going to have a child. Desperate for money, Billy attempts to rob a bank and is killed.


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Composer

Composer
Richard Rodgers

Lyricist

Lyricist and Librettist
Oscar Hammerstein II



  • Premiere
  • 1949
  • 1954
  • 1957
  • 1994
  • 1956 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Majestic Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 19, 1945
Total Performances
890
Original Cast
John Raitt, Jan Clayton, Jean Darling, Eric Mattson, Christine Johnson, Murvyn Vye, Bambi Linn and Russell Collins
Director
Rouben Mamoulian
Choreographer
Agnes De Mille
Musical Director
Joseph Littau
Orchestrations
Don Walker
Scenic Design
Jo Mielziner
Costume Design
Miles White
Lighting Design
Jo Mielziner

1949 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Majestic Theatre
Opening Night
Feb 22, 1949
Total Performances
32
Original Cast
Anthony Aleo, Ross Chetwynd, Mario De Laval, Ruth Devorin, Stephen Douglas, Warren Harr, Christine Johnson, Diane Keith, Kenneth Knapp, Louise Larabee, Kenneth MacKenzie, Eric Mattson, Margot Moser, Richmond Page, Mavis Ray, Jean Rogers, Evelyn Ross, Audrey Sabetti, Bobra Suiter, Calvin Thomas, Jay Velie, Iva Withers, Dusty Worrall
Choreographer
Agnes De Mille
Scenic Design
Jo Mielziner
Costume Design
Miles White
Lighting Design
Jo Mielziner

1954 Broadway Revival

Theatre
City Center
Opening Night
Jun 2, 1954
Total Performances
79
Original Cast
Boris Aplon, Don Blackey, Stanley Carlson, John Conte, Barbara Cook, Russell Goodwin, Jean Handzlik, Winifred Heidt, Bambi Linn, James Martindale, Chris Robinson, Jo Sullivan, Dusty Worrall
Director
William Hammerstein
Choreographer
Agnes De Mille
Scenic Design
Oliver Smith
Costume Design
John Boyt
Lighting Design
Jean Rosenthal

1957 Broadway Revival

Theatre
City Center
Opening Night
Sep 11, 1957
Total Performances
24
Original Cast
Barbara Cook, Robert Eckles, Joan Eheman, Larry Fuller, Howard Keel, Bambi Linn, Kay Medford, James Mitchell, Victor Moore, Russell Nype, Marie Powers, Pat Stanley
Director
John Fearnley and Robert Pagent
Choreographer
Agnes De Mille
Musical Director
Julius Rudel
Scenic Design
Oliver Smith
Costume Design
Florence Klotz
Lighting Design
Peggy Clark

1994 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Vivian Beaumont Theatre
Opening Night
Mar 24, 1994
Total Performances
337
Original Cast
Duane Boutté, Robert Breuler, Sandra Brown, Kate Buddeke, Natascia A. Díaz, Rebecca Eichenberger, Michael Hayden, Alexia Hess, Lacey Hornkohl, Brian d'Arcy James, Jeffrey James, Eddie Korbich, Keri Lee, Audra Ann McDonald, Sally Murphy, Paula Newsome, Devin Richards, Dana Stackpole, Fisher Stevens, Endalyn Taylor-Shellman, Shirley Verrett
Director
Nicholas Hytner
Choreographer
Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Musical Director
Eric Stern
Orchestrations
William David Brohn
Scenic Design
Bob Crowley
Costume Design
Bob Crowley
Lighting Design
Paul Pyant

1956 Film Version

Movie Name
Carousel
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
Henry King
Screenplay
Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron
Starring
Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick, Claramae Turner, Robert Rounseville






CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
1956 Film Soundtrack

CD
1965 New York Revival

CD
1987 Studio Cast Album

CD
1994 Broadway Revival Cast Album

CD
1993 London Cast Recording


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection Blu-Ray (includes State Fair, Oklahoma, Carousel, King and I, South Pacific and Sound of Music)


Books

Book
Liliom by Ferenc Molnar


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Merchandise




1947 Theatre World Award Nominations

Ann Crowley

1958 Tony Award Nominations

Best Scenic Design

1994 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Audra Ann McDonald
Best Scenic Design
Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical

1994 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Set Design
Outstanding Musical Revival
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Michael Hayden

1994 Theatre World Award Nominations

Michael Hayden
Audra Ann McDonald

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