25 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 71.
The New York Times
"The tragic inevitability of 'Carousel' has seldom come across as warmly or as chillingly as it does in this vividly reimagined revival. As directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Justin Peck, with thoughtful and powerful performances by Mr. Henry and Ms. Mueller, the love story at the show’s center has never seemed quite as ill-starred or, at the same time, as sexy...For its first two-thirds, this 'Carousel' tingles with the rapture of life in all its contradictions."
"Directed by the veteran Jack O’Brien with an assured focus on the texture of the performances...Henry gives a performance of mesmerizing intensity — it’s the musical theater performance of the season to date...The rest of O’Brien’s cast is equally superb...I came away from this 'Carousel' with a richer sense of the contrast between the central characters’ isolation — at times even from each other — and the warmth of the community that surrounds them."
"Henry shows off the exceptionally beautiful voice of a genuine actor-singer, a voice that while warm and mellow, can also soar with joy and tremble in despair. Director Jack O’Brien has given us a conventional production of 'Carousel,' in the sense of a show that takes no risks but preserves and protects all the original values of a great American musical...In addition to the eye-and-ear-popping Henry, Jessie Mueller is enchanting."
“Carousel” was also reviewed by Breanne L. Heldman of Entertainment Weekly, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matt Windman of AM New York, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Greg Evans of Deadline, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, David NouNou of StageZine, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Hayley Levitt of Theatermania, Naveen Kumar of Towleroad, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Roma Torre of NY1, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter.
The show was also reviewed by 320 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Dated, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting
See it if…"You love a great traditional musical. The talent was incredible with exceptional singing and dancing. The sets were also imaginative."
Don't see it if…"You aren't into big musicals. The plot is also somewhat dated."
See it if…"You don't mind the classics being tinkered with a bit and you love gorgeous singing and orchestrations. Not perfect, but enjoyable."
Don't see it if…"You don't like old-fashioned classic musicals. Though a product of its time, it is also surprisingly perceptive about sex and love."
See it if…"Seeking an enchanting-yet-deeply-moving show combining realism and fantasy alike; a fan (or near-fan) of Joshua Henry (as you should be)."
Don't see it if…"You can’t suspend your modern sensibilities and entertain old-fashioned values or outdated mores; misogyny and domestic abuse is triggering."
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