Blame it on God, or the fates, or — to use the metaphor of choice here — the stars. Henry and Ms. Both sides of that equation are given equal weight in this probing production, which takes the liberty of beginning not on the grounds of a carnival in Maine, as is customary, but in heaven, where destinies are foreseen. Instead, Mr. Peck and director and choreographer justly receive equal billing here are taking a really long view — as in cosmic — of one short, fraught relationship. Julie and Billy may be mere mortal specks in a divine scheme.
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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. So, walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. This show has now closed. See our list of theatre tickets for shows currently on sale. Set in a New England mill town, Carousel tells the tragic tale of romance between carnival barker Billy Bigelow and factory-worker Julie Jordan. Henry has steadily established himself as a bona fide leading man and Broadway star. There are moments in musical theatre history that have such a lasting impact that aficionados of the genre keep their memory alive for decades. Sometimes these moments are even immortalised on film. If, like me, you became fascinated with musical theatre a little later in life and only had YouTube clips and cast recordings to feed your curiosity, you may also have made a theatrical bucket list of all the shows and those iconic moments you missed out on.
The story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He participates in a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child; after it goes tragically wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. A secondary plot line deals with millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow. Richard Rodgers later wrote that Carousel was his favorite of all his musicals. Following the spectacular success of the first Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma!
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