Already closed | 2h 45m | Midtown W

Carousel (Broadway)

From 1,147 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Dated, Enchanting

About the show

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'). More…

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.'

2h 45m | Already closed | Imperial Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1147)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Dated, Enchanting
81
Avg Score

71
Disappointing, Dated, Great singing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if The second act redeemed the rough first one. Henry’s voice is stellar. The dancing wonderful, but the story is dated and uninteresting.

Don't see it if You don’t like old-timely musicals or this one in particular. The new staging won’t make it better.

80
Dated, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Overrated

See it if Great songs by Rogers Hammerstein, excellent dancing very good singing. Casting so so.

Don't see it if If you don't like a classic show or one that is dated.

70
Disappointing, Great singing, Dated, Uneven, Problematic

See it if you want to hear one of R&H's best scores sung beautifully amidst a stunning set in a questionably-timed revival of a domestic abuse musical

Don't see it if leads with absolutely no chemistry will matter to you; you don't want your drama constantly disrupted by unduly long ballet sequences.

87
Great singing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Magnificent voices, inspired dancing & sharp performances blend into an exquisite revival behind able but uninspired direction of O'Brien

Don't see it if Despite strong singing performances from Henry & Mueller, chemistry seems lacking w/Mendez stealing show & misogynistic subplot still harms

81
Enchanting, Disappointing, Great singing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Rodgers & Hammerstein, like clever dancing, want to hear Fleming sing, fan of this show's songs, curious about stagngi

Don't see it if you expect an innovative approach, looking for warmth and connection, expect Mueller to act like a lead, don't like large scale musicals

Also There are many lovely things about this production, such as the costum... Read more Read less

91
Why not feast on this production of rodgers & hammerstein's iconic musical that brings a lot to the table?

See it if spectacular choreography/dancing; gorgeously sung If I Loved You, Never Walk Alone; Joshua Henry robust Billy/Lindsey Mendez superb Mrs.Snow

Don't see it if basic dramaturgical problems/why Julie attracted to Billy, remains w him after beating; 2nd act schmaltzy meditation on preciousness of life

Also To deal w dramaturgical gaps, NIcholas Hytner in 1994 production brill... Read more Read less

69
Great singing, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Great dancing

See it if you enjoy classic, old-fashioned musicals with incredible voices and beautiful ballet.

Don't see it if you prefer something contemporary with a well-written book. I felt nothing for these characters, the plot is thin, and the ending is cheap.

94
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Terrible story but the production is worth seeing anyway

See it if A thrilling production in terms of the music, singing, set, acting, costumes, etc.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. If you want a pleasant story. This includes wife beating & suicide. Story also doesn't make much sense.

Also The production itself was great. Really beautiful work. I loved the se... Read more Read less

89
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want everything a musical has to offer: singing, dancing, acting, staging that are all top-notch.

Don't see it if you want the original version - this is a new take for today with wonderful voices and innovative choreography.

100
Great singing, Great dancing, Entertaining, Great acting, Enjoyable

See it if The dancing is fabulous and I happen to like the story to begin with the singing is excellent.

Don't see it if If you don't like singing and dancing it's not for you.

Also No matter how many times I seen the movie or even watching the play i ... Read more Read less

84
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Slow

See it if Sumptuous rendering of a challenging R&H classic. Memorable singing by Mueller and Fleming. Choreography is terrific.

Don't see it if Slow and stodgy reminder of then B'wy. Similar in production value to "An American in Paris."

98
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Brilliant choreography

See it if You want to experience an all around top notch musical ! This is the finest that Broadway can be ! You love Rodgers and Hammerstein !

Don't see it if For you a Broadway musical means boy meets girl and they live happily ever after. You don’t like violence portrayed on stage. See it anyway

83
Great singing, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if you like memorable songs, lovely choreography and great singing of a classic Rogers and Hammerstein show.

Don't see it if you do not like musicals or only like modern musicals.

Also I especially loved the rich baritone voice of Joshua Henry. I also enj... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Gets very poignant towards the end. Songs are the best part of the show; what beautiful operatic voices!

Don't see it if Plot can drag a bit at times but overall an entertaining show that you should discover. Ensemble cast is great as well.

79
Great singing, Great dancing, Dated, Great music, Muddled

See it if you want to hear a wonderful score sung by glorious voices and danced by wonderful dancers.

Don't see it if have a problem with violence against women as an important theme in a musical.

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

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.

100
Fabulous revival on every level

See it if You love great musical theatre

Don't see it if You hate musicals

75
Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like traditional musicals that hit a very sour note in the #MeToo era. Neither mother nor daughter object to the spousal abuse.

Don't see it if you were hoping that they would have added ONE damn line so that the mother could come to the realization that violence is wrong.An easy fix

69
Dated, Great singing, Overrated

See it if you liked An American in Paris or Hello, Dolly! (dance, nostalgia, elaborate production); don’t need it to be too different or complicated

Don't see it if you hope it resonates beyond pretty set, costumes, or voices or lives up to its historic reputation; botched accents are so distracting

Also One of us had never seen a Broadway show before and really liked it. T... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great choreography, Great singing

See it if You love the score love the new dances, great voices Justin Henry, Renee Fleming, Lindsay Mendez all shine

Don't see it if You expect a great performance by Jesse Mueller. She is either badly directed, or mis cast.

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

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

91
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if If you love a classic musical beautifully produced. The choreography is incredible and Renée Fleming is a delight. Don’t miss this one !

Don't see it if Do not see it if you prefer dramas or less extravagant Broadway musicals.

89
Great singing, Great choreography, Entertaining, Great staging, Touching

See it if wonderful choreography & dancing especially Amar Ramasar solo; great singing- really moving when R. Fleming sings You'll Never Walk Alone

Don't see it if the above can compensate for a story with physical abuse; weak moments - very beginning (didn't see initial attraction of the 2) and end

78
Dated, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Insipid

See it if you enjoy “love stories” that mitigate domestic violence & you appreciate ballet dancing throughout in place of character development.

Don't see it if you don’t want no scrubs.

Also This show features a talented cast trying to prop up an aging dinosaur... Read more Read less

85
Profound / thought-provoking / intense book, Stunning choreography beautifully performed, Entertaining / must-see, Creative set(s) / great costumes, First-rate singing by superbly diverse cast

See it if you want to experience a bit of 1940-50s traditional formulaic old-school iconic bdwy-musical history: LONG dance-breaks, LONG song-breaks.

Don't see it if you're not interested in old iconic shows. It's beautiful, deeply-moving, but intense. Book is harsh, feels more anti-women today than ever.

Also Powerful & much-appreciated diverse casting.... Read more Read less


April 12th, 2018
"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...
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April 12th, 2018
"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 '...
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April 12th, 2018
"O’Brien’s lush, beautifully sung, athletically danced, and utterly conventional revival...Theater isn’t a time capsule, but this 'Carousel' feels like one...Henry is so good that I found myself longing for the production surrounding him to rise to his levels of visceral nuance...If 'Carousel' we...
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April 23rd, 2018
“O’Brien is especially good at teasing out the ways in which women reveal their sexuality in their closed, largely segregated environment…Unfortunately, Fleming, the famous soprano, is no actress…The choreographer, Justin Peck, does a credible job of keeping her and the rest of the cast moving, b...
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