Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL will return to Broadway in 2018, featuring Tony Award® winner Jessie Mueller as Julie Jordan, Tony® nominee Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow and opera star Renee Fleming as Nettie Fowler. Three-time Tony® winner Jack O’Brien will direct the revival, set to open on March 23, 2018 at a theater to be announced.
The production will be choreographed by Justin Peck, resident choreographer of the New York City Ballet. Peck has previously performed on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Movin’ Out and Come Fly Away. Two company members of NYCB will be featured in Carousel: Amor Ramasar as Jigger and Brittany Pollack as Louise.
Carousel, written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, follows the tragic romance of carousel barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan. The show features a catalogue of musical-theater standards including “If I Loved You,” "Soliloquy," “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
In 1999, Time Magazine named Carousel the best musical of the century, saying that Rodgers & Hammerstein “set the standard for the 20th century musical, and this show features their most beautiful score and the most skillful and affecting example of their musical storytelling.”
Rodgers wrote thirty-eight Broadway musicals over the course of his sixty-year career, but he frequently cited Carousel as his favorite. “Oscar never wrote more meaningful or more moving lyrics, and to me, my score is more satisfying than any I’ve ever written…. it affects me deeply every time I see it performed.”
The original production opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945. The show has been revived four times, with the most recent staging winning the 1995 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical.