Members say: Great singing, Dated, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical returns to Broadway in a revival directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien and starring Tony winner Jessie Mueller ('Waitress') and Joshua Henry ('Violet').

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In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow (Henry), captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan (Jessie Mueller). But when Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, he becomes desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, and is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Known as being Rodgers and Hammerstein’s favorite collaboration, 'Carousel' features a score with timeless songs such as 'If I Loved You,' 'June is Busting Out All Over,' 'Soliloquy,' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone.'


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85
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." Full Review

85
Broadway News

"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." Full Review

85
Variety

"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." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

"Judged solely on the quality of its expertly-crafted book, its captivating music and the emotional poetics of its lyrics, 'Carousel' must be regarded as one of the art form's highest achievements...While those, like this critic, who prefer to see theatre pieces performed with the text the authors wrote, will wince at the many changes...what remains still provides enchantment, thrills, great drama and solid laughs in a well-performed and vibrantly choreographed production." Full Review

80
Time Out New York

"Director Jack O’Brien invites us to admire the show as an exemplar of classic American musical theater, lovingly emphasizing its virtues. Prime among them is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s innovative and varied score, repolished by orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and sterlingly sung by the cast...This 'Carousel' pulls its punches; it hits, but it doesn’t hurt. If you love the show enough, you may be inclined to forgive it." Full Review

60
Theatermania

"While O'Brien's production is both a feast for the eyes and ears, you can't help but feel that the effort as a whole amounts to a nervous bunt...Aesthetically, complaints are few. Dramatically, however, they start to pile up as soon as Billy leans seductively against Julie's wooden horse...O'Brien's production — be it his direction or the many cuts he's made to the book and score —never gives Mueller enough oxygen to fan her character's spark into a flame." Full Review

85
Lighting & Sound America

"Peck has found a style that recalls the work of Agnes de Mille, 'Carousel's' original choreographer, without being slavishly derivative...In addition to any number of exciting dance sequences, the score is burnished to a bright golden hue by one of the most across-the-board vocally gifted companies Broadway has seen in some time...'Carousel' is one of the very few examples of genuine tragedy in the musical theatre canon, and this production honors it in its own unique way." Full Review

75
DC Theatre Scene

"The new 'Carousel' has the most glorious singing on Broadway...Director Jack O’Brien hasn’t solved its dated attitude toward domestic abuse, nor does he take the corn out of the scenes set in Heaven...Happily, this 'Carousel' also features newcomer Justin Peck’s athletic dances, Santo Loquasto’s clever, eye-catching set design, Jonathan Tunick’s lush new orchestrations for a 24-piece orchestra, and some eye-opening performances...An admittedly flawed but still heavenly musical." Full Review

70
Theatre's Leiter Side

"It often drags as drama (which isn't helped by the long ballets) and frequently seems dated; its leading female character (though well performed) lacks luster and its hero's violence and her weak response are troubling; and its sentimental fantasy about the dead returning now seems not only precious but childishly naïve...But…its score remains one of the best…its singing is glorious, it's pleasant to look at…Henry is sensational, and it still has the power to moisten your eyes." Full Review

90
The Hollywood Reporter

"What's perhaps most striking about revisiting classics of this caliber in an ideally cast production like this one is how shoddy they make the craftsmanship of most new musicals look...The sumptuous 24-piece orchestra does the score full justice, as do Tunick's vibrant orchestrations...O'Brien has put together a dramatically forceful production that feels earthy and real, almost gritty at times, but is also wrapped in a charming old-fashioned theatricality that's quite whimsical." Full Review

60
The Wall Street Journal

"Jack O’Brien is very smart, but his Broadway revival of 'Carousel' is uneven, enough so that those who know the show may find it a disappointment—though they’ll certainly be staggered by the singing...Mr. O’Brien’s 'Carousel' feels slick, like an old-master painting that has been garishly over-restored...Mr. Henry’s performance contributes to the problem: He fails to dig deeply into the part, charging through 'Soliloquy' as if he had to catch a train." Full Review

35
AM New York

"Entire scenes and songs have been reconceived or removed...Peck’s new choreography pales in comparison to the brilliant original work of Agnes de Mille...Henry seems disconnected from everyone else, including co-star Jessie Mueller, who is so muted as the enigmatic Julie Jordan that her character gets completely overshadowed and overpowered...As someone who knows 'Carousel' inside and out, sitting through it was a disappointing, bewildering and frustrating experience." Full Review

75
Chicago Tribune

"A production brimming and heaving with the emotional complexity of its own endeavor in the here and now...Peck's work is groundbreaking...within the emotional trajectory of dance storytelling...Despite there being so very much here to love — truly — for the show to work at its peak prowess, you have to see what she first thinks she sees in Billy...Here, that is difficult. Some of the issue comes from a lack of connection between these two gifted lead performers." Full Review

60
New York Daily News

"'Carousel' has such a glorious score that the music always shines bright — even in a revival as wobbly as the one now on Broadway...Director Jack O’Brien hasn’t discovered anything fresh and exciting...Henry and Mueller are thrilling singers...But elsewhere their characterizations are one-note. And the two don’t spark intense chemistry needed to make the doomed romance believable...Looks-wise, this staging cries out for cohesion and a concept to make something more than just run-of-the-mill." Full Review

85
CurtainUp

"Must satisfy the yearning for the familiar pleasures, but also recognize the need to approach it with a fresh eye. Director Jack O'Brien has succeeded on both counts...There's plenty that IS fresh and delightful about Mr. O'Brien's production: The top to bottom perfect cast...the stunning choreography...'Carousel' retains enough of its 'masterwork' essence for me to urge you to put it on your 'not to be missed' list." Full Review

90
Front Row Center

"The score is gorgeous, the lyrics moving, and the interweaving of dialog, song, and dance in service of explicating both plot and emotions is masterful...Both Henry and Mueller give us very full-fledged, rounded characters...His acting is specific and nuanced, his voice strong and his physicality magnetic. We believed his feelings and understood his reasoning even if we couldn't condone his actions. Mueller once again displays the magnificent soprano voice and well honed acting skills." Full Review

60
Talkin' Broadway

"There is one perfect segment...It is truly the highlight of the mélange of lovely moments and off-kilter ones that mark a muddled production that never fully finds its footing under Jack O'Brien's uncertain direction...The entire presentation lacks a cohesive vision that would bring the disparate parts together. Only Rodgers and Hammerstein's eternally magnificent score remains undiminished and inviolate." Full Review

90
The Wrap

"The new version of 'Carousel' is possibly the best sung, best danced revival to hit Broadway in recent memory...In O’Brien’s hands, Mueller and Henry make us see why Billy behaves as he does, and why he can never forgive himself. It’s no longer a question of our having to find ways to forgive him...Peck fires up the stage in ways that the show’s original choreographer, Agnes de Mille, never imagined...Peck also knows how to tell a story." Full Review

70
Theater Pizzazz

"I suspect most audiences will be absolutely thrilled by the superior singing of the ultra-talented cast, led by Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller, as well as the stunning, highly athletic choreography of Justin Peck. Indeed, the show’s many dance sequences definitely make the show move in unexpected ways – even if the work itself may ultimately fail to move you...As much as Peck’s choreography is full of complexity, O’Brien’s direction is often painfully simple." Full Review

90
CitiTour

"This new Broadway revival reveals the haunting beauty of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s lush score and the rich humanity of its characters...A great vehicle for Henry, whose powerhouse performance makes him a front-runner for this year’s best actor in a musical Tony Award. Henry isn’t the only noteworthy actor in this stellar production...Operatic songs coexist with beautifully intricate ballet numbers from choreographer Justin Peck...Dark but uplifting, 'Carousel' has lost none of its power." Full Review

60
Financial Times (UK)

"A lack of theatrical oomph is a general problem with Jack O'Brien's staging, which plays it safe and makes no attempt to update the story. Both Jessie Mueller's high-spirited Julie and Joshua Henry's Bigelow perform their numbers with aplomb, even if Henry struggles to transcend his character's oafishness in the spoken passages. And Justin Peck's choreography is a lively and graceful visual feast. But the overall dramatic approach seems too literal and predictable." Full Review

75
NY1

"It is pure ear candy once the overture swells. Somewhat disappointing is what meets the eye, with design elements that scream low budget...This is a beautifully sung production. All of the principal performers are in sublime voice...Jack O’Brien’s direction is rather inconsistent, with some bizarre choices. But the show’s bones are incredibly strong. And with a superb company of actors, dancers and musicians, this is still a 'Carousel' worth a mighty spin." Full Review

65
Towleroad

"Very handsomely staged by director Jack O’Brien and exquisitely sung by its stars Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller, and opera diva Renée Fleming. But the feeling it inspires can perhaps best be expressed by the grit-teeth emoji...O’Brien’s untimely revival ultimately lacks the conviction to follow through with what at first seems like a bold, even insightful, interpretation of a problematic fave." Full Review

80
The Washington Post

"Thanks to Mueller, Julie is the quiet and fully activated force to be reckoned in this revival. She’s provided with exceptional backup by Lindsay Mendez’s Carrie Pipperidge, an exuberant counterpoint to the empathetic introvert Mueller portrays...Mueller’s emotionally centered performance firmly establishes that Julie owns her choices...That may not wash away our discomfort with some of the more disturbing aspects of a 1945 musical." Full Review

75
Daily Beast

"Does not stint on the darkness of the source material, and it doesn’t resolve or make easy for a modern audience one of its most pronounced storylines...Without any qualification the storyline stands, and Bigelow, so beautifully and richly sung by Henry, remains the show’s antihero...Behind its high-kicking, swaggering choreography, beyond its June busting out all over and that glittering, long-absent fairground ride, 'Carousel' really has its weary head in its hands." Full Review

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84
Underwhelming, Dated, Classic

See it if you want to see a safe production with some misses in casting. This is a just nice production, but the music reigns and does not disappoint.

Don't see it if you love Carousel and want a new take on the classic or expect it to resonate, you do not like extended dance scenes or very outdated themes

69
Romantic, Slow, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want beautiful music and some terrific choreography. Couple of good performances by the supporting cast, no chemistry between the leads

Don't see it if You want a cohesive show.. Looks and sounds great - but some problematic miscasting and directing choices

65
Disappointing, Great singing, Great choreography, Outdated

See it if you want to see a impeccable cast and truly sublime choreography & dancing. The music, overall, is enjoyable.

Don't see it if you want to avoid an outdated plot. It wasn't updated though the casting would have allowed it. It's evenly paced but somewhat uninteresting

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you like the Carousel. The dancing is incredible, the cast turns in stellar performances, but I personally can't get past the story.

Don't see it if I still find the "redemption" of a wife-beating protagonist problematic, to say the least.

Also I think there are ways to handle this material (domestic violence, soc... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Wonderful revival of classic musical.It is a visually beautiful production.The acting and singing of the leads is great.The ensemble shines!

Don't see it if This is not a "happy" musical,involving elements of physical abuse, robbery, and suicide. The complete production though,warrants the visit

85
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if You want to see Carousel with top singers, choreography, etc. It won’t be on B’way again for a long time.

Don't see it if If you focus only on one aspect - the domestic violence - you miss the rest of the show. Why buy a ticket?

Also First to get out of the way: There is a huge emphasis currently on the... Read more Read less

89
Resonant, Great singing, Great staging, Great choreography, Problematic book

See it if you like classic musicals, a great score, brilliant staging & lighting, wonderful voices & fantastic dancing & choreography.

Don't see it if you feel you can't get past the mistreatment, both physical & mental, of women.

Also It's really troubling to score a show which includes things that are r... Read more Read less

89
Great singing, Well staged, Great dancing and choreography, Old fashioned musical

See it if you like the classics. This was beautifully staged. Dancing phenomenal. All lead actors excellent.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with themes of domestic violence. If you don't like old fashioned musicals.

79
Disappointing, Slow, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy revivals. Like great dancing & singing. Fan of Joshua Henry & Renee Fleming, Lindsay Mendez.Cast had unique way for their bows

Don't see it if If have issues with spousal abuse & interracial love

Also Unfortunately Jesse Mueller's talents are wasted-miscast. Too long. Je... Read more Read less

60
Underwhelming, Non-emotional, "weary, stale, flat and unprofitable", Stunningly poor choices

See it if you enjoy the ironic opportunity of not liking a great masterpiece of this genre we all love so much. But take heart, it's indestructible!

Don't see it if you've never seen Carousel before -- trust me, a better one will arrive once a decade for the rest of your life.

Also Let's start with the casting: Mueller does not really have the backbon... Read more Read less

67
Disappointing, Overrated, Dated, Great singing, Poorly directed

See it if you are already a fan of the material. you wouldn't mind important scenes being cut to accommodate beautiful but unnecessary dance segments

Don't see it if you want to see character development and not have it feel so rushed.no chemistry between leads. you're not into dated misogynistic material

65
Disappointing, Dated, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if You love the score and the cast. Stellar vocals, absolutely astonishing choreography updates. The dance is a real highlight.

Don't see it if You are looking for a deeper exploration of the dark themes. Direction is muddy and unfocused, doing a disservice to the talented cast.

Also This was a big let down. The love story does not feel as authentic as ... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing, Gorgeous score

See it if Beautifully acted, sung, danced and conducted. Large orchestra turns a beautiful score into magic. Leads and ensemble are terrific

Don't see it if Cruelty/abuse of women is awful in any era and the behavior is painful to deal with.

70
Slow, Dated, Great singing, Visually stunning, Great choreography

See it if you're a fan of R&H, this show, or any of the lead actors. Or if you love dance! The ballet was magnificent

Don't see it if you don't like older musicals, want something more flashy/fluffy, or are looking to "have fun"

85
Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you love Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, or the show. The singing is wonderful--except for Rene Fleming, who was miscast as Nettie.

Don't see it if you object to changes in an original that really doesn't need tinkering. The balletic dancing is impressive but sometimes too long.

Also It killed me to hear You'll Never Walk Alone stuck in after Billy dies... Read more Read less

90
Wonderful score, Very well sung, Musical theater heaven, Poor set, with one exception

See it if You want to hear this classic score sung by great voices. Joshua Henry's Billy is more of a lug than a lout. Choreography mixed & too long

Don't see it if Costumes and set are poor, except the carousel itself. But the first 45 mins is musical theater heaven.

Also Henry, Mueller, Fleming all great. ... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Dated, Great singing

See it if You really really like Jessie Mueller or Joshua Henry, were born in the wrong era and love dated classics, or see everything

Don't see it if You dislike shows that are dated and uncomfortably misogynistic, and lack chemistry between the two leads.

Also Bottom line: I was disappointed by this production. It had bad directi... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fabulous dancing, Love the diverse casting

See it if you are a fan of Jessie Mueller; Joshua Henry or Renee Fleming and a fan of Rodgers & Hammerstein... It was eye and ear candy...

Don't see it if you loved the movie... The movie had me crying within the first 20 minutes... This production didn't move me the same way...

84
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if If you love classic musicals, this is a must see. I never miss a revival of this musical and this one is worthy.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of the golden age of musicals

78
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great singing, Great staging, Wonderful music

See it if you want to see a legendary musical with a great score.

Don't see it if you want to see a contemporary musical.

70
Slow, Great staging, Great choreography

See it if you enjoy great choreography

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy shows that are slow starting even if it picks up later

85
Romantic, Great singing, Nostalgic

See it if you love classic musicals performed by some of the best on Broadway. It was great to see a show were dance played an important part again.

Don't see it if you are not interested in old school theater.

75
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you want to see Joshua Henry sing the sh*t out of Billy Bigleow-he is a force of nature w/ the most beautiful legit voice. & the dancing 2.

Don't see it if You've liked Jessie Mueller in other shows. Miscast? Also I couldn't get Audra McDonald's voice out of my head for Carrie. Bad sets.

88
Slow, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if - You want to see some incredible dancing - You want to hear some classic tunes done very well - You like stories with mixed endings

Don't see it if - You don't like singing that goes towards the operatic - You'd rather hear a musical rather than see dancing - You want fancy sets

Also I'm of a mixed mind here- I thought "Soliloquy" at the end of the firs... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if You are a fan of classic broadway You are a fan of Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller You love shows with lots of amazing dancing

Don't see it if You get upset by themes of violence and domestic abuse You want to see something modern

Also I really enjoyed this production. Justin peck should win a tony for be... Read more Read less


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