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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Carousel LogoMusic by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play Liliom, as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Original Choreography by Agnes de Mille

Directed by James Beaudry, Music Direction by Oliver Lo, Conducted by Alexandra Dee, Choreography by Joan Van Dyke

IUP Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance and IUP Department of Music, Theater-by-the-Grove, and Music Theater Event

Live, in-person event

Fisher Auditorium

  • Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

The second hit musical by the acclaimed writing team after their tremendous success with Oklahoma!, Carousel includes the well-known songs “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin' Out All Over,” and “You'll Never Walk Alone.” Set in late nineteenth-century coastal Maine, Billy Bigelow, a swaggering, carefree carnival barker, falls in love with and marries the sweet but naive millworker Julie Jordan. After the marriage costs them both their jobs, and dwarfed by the immensity of their situation, Billy’s tragic effort to provide for his wife leads each of them on a different and difficult path toward forgiveness. A story about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

Oklahoma! is about a picnic, Carousel is about life and death.” —Stephen Sondheim

Carousel is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.