Carousel

Original Broadway Production (1945)

Production Info

Opening April 19, 1945
Closing: May 24, 1947
Length of Run: 890 perf.
Run Type: Open-ended

Location Info

Market: Broadway
Location: New York, NY

Credits Highlights

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Director
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Dances

Cast

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Carrie Pipperidge
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Julie Jordan
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Billy Bigelow
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Nettie Fowler
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Enoch Snow
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Jigger Craigin
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Starkeeper
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Louise
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Carnival Boy
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Mrs. Mullin

Musical Numbers

Act One

  • Prelude
    • Waltz Suite: Carousel
  • You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan .... Carrie and Julie
  • When I Marry Mister Snow .... Carrie
  • If I Loved You .... Billy, Julie
  • June Is Bustin' Out All Over .... Nettie, Carrie and Ensemble
    •  Dance .... By the Dancing Ensemble, led by June Girl
  • Reprise: When I Marry Mister Snow .... Carrie, Mr. Snow and Girls
  • When the Children Are Asleep .... Mr. Snow and Carrie
  • Blow High, Blow Low .... Jigger, Billy and Male Chorus
    • Dance: Hornpipe .... Led by Hannah and Boatswain
  • Soliloquy .... Billy
  • Finale

Act Two

  • [Entr'acte .... Orchestra]
  • This Was a Real Nice Clambake .... Carrie, Nettie, Julie, Mr. Snow and Ensemble
  • Geraniums in the Winder .... Mr. Snow
  • There's Nothin' So Bad for a Woman .... Jigger and Ensemble
  • What's the Use of Wond'rin' .... Julie
  • You'll Never Walk Alone .... Nettie
  • The Highest Judge of All .... Billy
  • Ballet .... Louise, the Brothers and Sisters Snow, Badly Brought Up Boys, A Young Man Like Billy, A Carnival Wooman and Members of the Carnival Troupe
  • Reprise: If I Loved You .... Billy
  • Reprise: You'll Never Walk Alone .... Company

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Trivia & History

Robert Russell Bennett was asked by Richard Rodgers to do the orchestrations. At the time, Bennett was busy working in radio. He did find time to score the first two numbers: "The Carousel Waltz" and "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan/When I Marry Mister Snow." Don Walker was asked to do the rest.

Walker signed on, but he was busy at the time with a musical for which he was composing the score, Memphis Bound. For assistance, he called on Hans Spialek and Stephen Jones to do some numbers. Joe Glover also helped out by putting together the Entr'acte shortly before the New York opening. Major numbers orchestrated by the others included "When the Children Are Asleep (Spialek) and "This Was a Real Nice Clambake," "The Highest Judge of All" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Jones). Spialek and Jones also orchestrated incidental bits and reprises.

After Memphis Bound opened, Rodgers asked Walker to rescore the two numbers scored by Bennett. Walker's job was made difficult because Rodgers asked him to score "The Carousel Waltz" in such a way that the orchestration could be played both by full-size symphony orchestras and the 39-player orchestra being used in the Broadway production. Walker never rescored "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan," but he did do "When I Marry Mister Snow" in addition to "The Carousel Waltz."

Bennett's orchestrations for the first two numbers are heard on the original cast recording as Walker had not yet had a chance to orchestrate them. Walker never reorchestrated the numbers and incidental bits done by Spialek, Jones, and Glover.

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Production Info

Opening April 19, 1945
Closing: May 24, 1947
Length of Run: 890 perf.
Run Type: Open-ended

Location Info

Market: Broadway
Location: New York, NY

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