Opened: April 12, 2018
Cast: Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Lindsay Mendez
Director: Jack O’Brien (Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
Why it's great: While Carousel has one of Richard Rodgers’ most beautiful scores, it’s also pretty forgiving of its abusive protagonist, Billy Bigelow, the barker that falls for mill worker Julie Jordan (Jessie Mueller), only to fail her in marriage. Indeed, in 2018, it is hard to look past the dated gender politics in the new revival from director Jack O’Brien, but there’s still value in this piece, especially with the addition of mesmerizing choreography from Justin Peck, a sensation in the ballet world. Joshua Henry gives a performance as Bigelow that doesn’t erase the character’s flaws, and leads a top-notch cast, including opera great Renée Fleming.
Watch clips from Carousel