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Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Charles Newell
with Associate Director Hollis Resnik
Music Direction by Doug Peck
Choreography by Randy Duncan
Co-Produced with Long Wharf Theatre

Mar 06, 2008 — Apr 13, 2008

“Newell forges an involving, intimate and provocative musical experience that will show you things about this great American musical you’ve not experienced.” -Chicago Tribune

“Mounted in the intimate Court Theatre, the production is the best, most affecting and triumphant version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1956 masterwork to grace a Chicago stage.” -Southtown Star

“…this intimate staging succeeds on the strength of textured performances, exquisitely transparent chamber-orchestra arrangements, and—most important—the seamless interplay of speech, song, and dance.” -Reader

“The best ‘Carousel’ I’ve ever seen, Charles Newell’s 2008 Court Theatre production, was a small-scale version staged in a bare-bones style. By paring ‘Carousel’ down, Mr. Newell desentimentalized the show while simultaneously preserving its emotional intensity.” -Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal (April 13, 2018)

This Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece reinvented musical theatre in its day with its lush score and seamless integration of song, story, and dance. Now the piece Time Magazine named the “best musical of the twentieth century” will soar to new heights in Court’s intimate space. Set in a small New England town, the story of an impulsive, brash carnival barker and his bride spans heaven and earth in its exploration of love, human frailty, and redemption.

Artistic Team



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