Heralded as one of the best plays of the 20th century, Carousel won the 1992 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and won five Tonys in 1994. Widely acclaimed, the play has been a tremendous hit since its premiere, and continues to be a favourite in the theater world.
Why Watch Carousel
Hammerstein and Rodgers’ 1945 play Carousel is an adaptation of Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play Liliom. Directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien, Carousel has a brilliant cast, supported by exceptional songs like 'If I Loved You,' 'June is Busting Out All Over,' 'Soliloquy,' and ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’. With a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss and redemption is one you shouldn’t miss.
Set in the Maine coastline in late 19th century, Carousel is the story of carnival barker Billy Bigelow, and Julie Jordan, a naive mill worker, who fall in love, marry, and have a tumultuous relationship. As Billy loses his job just when he finds out Julie is pregnant, he is eager to provide for his family, and is pushed into commiting a robbery. The rest of the play is about the result of the robbery, interspersed with other characters, and Billy finally meeting his daughter.
Drama | Theater fans
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 13 and above.
Assisted listening devices available
The Imperial Theatre has a seating capacity of 1417. For tips on how to choose the best seats, you can refer to our Imperial Theatre Seating Chart.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
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Touching musical. The battle sequences will move you to tears!!
Yes, the book has flaws, but the score soars with endless classics and makes you feel glad.
Carousel is a heartwarming drama... good thing we got tickets for it at the last moment from Headout.
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Imperial Theatre, 249 W 45th St, New York, New York