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Music by Richard Rodgers

Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Department of Musical Theatre

Power Center for the Performing Arts

April 10 - 13, 2008


The Story:
In a colorful Maine coastal town in 1873, na├»ve Julie Jordan falls for a swaggering carnival barker, Billy Bigelow. Their impulsive romance leads to a tempestuous marriage. Fired from the carousel and unable to find work, Billy becomes increasingly angry, often taking his frustration out on Julie, in spite of his love for her. When Billy learns Julie is pregnant, he takes desperate action to support his family which ends in tragedy.  Given the chance to make amends, Billy returns to his heartbroken, socially-isolated family to attempt to instill a sense of hope and dignity in both mother and child. Filled with pain, poignancy and humor, Carousel speaks to breaking the cycle of domestic violence with hope for a brighter future.

Artistic Significance:

Declared the “Best Musical of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine in 1999, Carousel followed on the heels of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ground-breaking success Oklahoma! by further advancing the integration of music and story in musical theatre. Rodgers’ sublime score along with Hammerstein’s lyrics would incorporate elements of recitative and an unprecedented eight-minute solo by the lead character, Billy’s powerful “Soliloquy.” The musical features such beloved songs as the lively “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “If I Loved You,” and the uplifting “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The personal favorite of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carousel is a luminescent treatise on the saving power of hope.


Zach Barnes (Palos Verdes, CA), Darren Biggart (Crownsville, MD), Amy Blackman (New York, NY), Derek Carley (Woodinville, WA), Talia Corren (Denver, CO), Yurel Echezarreta (Winter Haven, FL), Demi Fragale (East Lansing, MI), Emily Glick (Chapel Hill, NC), Kelcy Griffin (Chicago, IL),

Haley Hannah (Leawood, KS), Robert Hartwell (Raleigh, NC), Laura Irion (Canton, OH), Mike Kelton (Katonah, NY), Alex Kip (Gahanna, OH), Elizabeth Klemperer (Syracuse, NY), Beth Kuhn (Deerfield, IL), Bryan Langlitz (Marlton, NJ), Andrew Laudel (St. Louis, MO),  Paul Louis Lessard (Okemos, MI), Katie Madison (Traverse City, MI), Stephanie Maloney (Pittsburgh, PA),

Anne Markt (Mayfield Heights, OH), Ian Mazurek (Nashua, NH), Garen McRoberts (Bellefonte, PA), Andy Mientus (Pittsburgh, PA), Alle-Faye Monka (Morristown, NJ), Julia Myer (North Ridgeville, OH), Jonathan Parkey (Jonesboro, AR), Mary Michael Patterson (Aledo, TX), Alex Puette (Aurora, OH), John Rapson (Washington, MI), Corbin Reid (Minneapolis, MN), Kira Safan (Santa Monica, CA), Jose Sepulveda (Puerto Rico), A.J. Shively (Dublin, OH), Cary Tedder (Marietta, GA), Elise Turner, Ashley Williams (New Rochelle, NY), Amos Wolff (Nyack, NY)



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Director Brent Wagner
Music Director/Conductor Ben Whiteley
Choreographer Mark Esposito
Scenic Designer Bruce Brockman
Costume Designer George Bacon
Lighting Designer

Ken Smith

Stage Manager Stephanie Shechter


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Production Photos

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower