Carousel (musical) facts for kids
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|Lyrics||Oscar Hammerstein II|
|Book||Oscar Hammerstein II|
|Basis||Liliom, a 1909 play by Ferenc Molnár as adapted by Benjamin Glazer|
West End (1950)
|Awards||New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical (1945-1946)|
Carousel is a musical. It is based on Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play, Liliom, as adapted by Benjamin Glazer. Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the musical's book and lyrics. Richard Rodgers wrote the music. Carousel received the first New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical (1945-1946).
It opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on 19 April 1945, and closed on 24 May 1947 after 890 performances. The original production starred John Raitt as Billy and Jan Clayton as Julie. Robert Mamoulian directed, Agnes de Mille choreographed the dances, and Jo Mielziner designed the scenery and lighting.
Carousel opened on the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on 7 June 1950 with Stephen Douglass and Iva Withers. In 1956, it was released as a Twentieth Century-Fox movie starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.
Images for kids
"A star—please, my dear—I must do something good." Liliom (Joseph Schildkraut) offers Louise (Evelyn Chard) the star he stole; 1921 Theatre Guild production
The opening carnival scene in Liliom inspired the pantomime that begins Carousel; 1921
Enoch (Eric Mattson) arrives unexpectedly (reprise of "(When I Marry) Mister Snow"). Iva Withers is Julie (standing), and Margot Moser is Carrie (bent over) (1947).
Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where the location shots for Carousel's movie version were filmed
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