Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel: Live From Lincoln Center

PBS (2013)
USA | Color

This is a concert version of ‘Carousel’, the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical which was based on ‘Liliom’, a play by Ferenc Molnar. The New York Philharmonic provides the on stage orchestration. Nathan Gunn stars as carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, who much against his will falls in love with Maine factory girl Julie Jordan, played by Kelli O’Hara. Billy proves an improvident and unreliable husband, but Julie stands by him. Upon discovering that Julie is pregnant, the unemployed Billy sees an opportunity for some quick money by joining his unsavory pal Jigger (Shuler Hensley). The scheme goes awry, and Billy dies. Standing before the Pearly Gates, Billy is given a chance to redeem himself by the kindly Starkeeper (John Cullum). He is allowed to return to Earth to try to brighten the life of his unhappy 15-year-old daughter Louise (Tiler Peck). Billy offers Louise a star that he has stolen from the sky; when Louise backs off in fear, Billy slaps her. He feels like a failure until he and his Heavenly Friend (J.D. Webster) attend Louise's school graduation ceremony. There the invisible Billy watches as the principal (John Cullum again) inspires Louise, and Julie, by assuring her that so long as she has hope in her heart, she'll never walk alone.

Cast View all

John Cullum The Starkeeper
Kate Burton Mrs. Mullin
Audra McDonald Host
Shuler Hensley Jigger Craigin
Nathan Gunn Billy Bigelow
Tiler Peck Louise Bigelow
Kelli O'Hara Julie Jordan
Edward James Hyland Mr. Bascombe
Jason Danieley Mr. Enoch Snow
Stephanie Blythe Cousin Nettie
Ben Rosenfield Enoch Snow, Jr.
Jessie Mueller Carrie Pipperidge
Robert Fairchild Louise's Dancing Partner
Andia Mechanic Enoch Snow's Daughter
J.D. Webster Heavenly Friend

Crew View all

Director Glenn Weiss
Writer Oscar Hammerstein II, Oscar Hammerstein, II, Rachel Reichman, Ferene Molnar, Laure Sullivan
Producer Douglas Chang, Deni Graap, Elizabeth W. Scott, Andrew Carl Wilk
Photography J.M. Hurley
Musician Richard Rodgers


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841887032070 DVD 1 Feb 28, 2017