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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.

The Story

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.

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Drama | Theater fans

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Show Details


Show Timings
Timings change every two weeks, and can be checked while booking the tickets.

2hrs 45mins, with 1 intermission.

Leading Roles
Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow
Jessie Mueller as Julie Jordan
Amar Ramasar as Jigger
Lindsay Mendeze as Carrie Pepperidge
Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow
John Douglas Thompson as The Starkeeper

Jack O’Brien

Richard Rodgers

Oscar Hammerstein II

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 13 and above.

Available Facilities
Assisted listening devices available
Wheelchair accessible

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.

Outside Food
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.

Dress Code
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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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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Ratings & Reviews
Out of 5
Very Good
Terry Walters
Reviewed in January, 2019

Loved it!

Sung Durden
Reviewed in November, 2018

A friend dragged me for this play., did not realise what an incredible hit this was. Must watch

Waldo Clancy
Reviewed in October, 2018

Loved the musical. its wrapped up in a charming old-fashioned theatricality that's quite whimsical. Must watch

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My Tickets

Your e-tickets can be exchanged for physical tickets with our uniformed Headout hosts outside the theater.

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Imperial Theatre, 249 W 45th St, New York, New York

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