Classic Carousel returns to stage this spring

Carousel by Opera North. Images Alistair Muir
Carousel by Opera North. Images Alistair Muir

A hit production of the classic American musical, Carousel, is returning to the UK stage this spring.

Voted the best musical of the 20th century by Time magazine, Carousel is one of the finest works composed by one of Broadway’s most successful partnerships, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Alongside Carousel, their other much-loved hits of stage and screen include The Sound of Music, Oklahoma! and The King and I.

Studded with some of the most powerful, uplifting and moving music ever written for the stage, songs from Carousel include If I Loved You, June Is Bustin’ Out All Over, and the timeless anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Featuring stunning choreography, this electrifying staging of Carousel by Opera North is an unmissable treat.

Carousel performed by Opera North at The Grand Theatre, Leeds

Set in a tight-knit community on the New England coast, Carousel revolves around the ill-fated affair between local bad boy Billy Bigelow and an innocent young mill-worker, Julie Jordan.

When they fall in love, after a chance meeting at the carnival, little do they realise that Billy’s rebellious ways will soon end in tragedy.

Fifteen years later, Billy is given one more chance to make things right with Julie and the daughter he never met, but is it too little too late?

Directed by Jo Davies, the musical is brought vividly to life, with set and costume design by Olivier Award winner Anthony Ward (The King’s Speech, ENRON, Oklahoma!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

Young Liverpool-born baritone Keith Higham plays the carousel barker Billy Bigelow, Gillene Butterfield returns as Julie Jordan, and Yvonne Howard plays Nettie.

The full Broadway score is recreated by the musical forces of more than 40 musicians from the critically acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North, led by conductor James Holmes, with a chorus of over 30 singers from Opera North, England’s national opera company in the North of England.

2015 tour dates

May 13-23, Grand Theatre, Leeds
May 28-30, Theatre Royal, Norwich
June 2-6, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
June 10-13, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin

Watch a trailer to the Opera North production of 2012 as a teaser:

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