Carousel: Musical Info & Synopsis


Carousel revolves around the complicated love story of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan. When Billy, a charming but troubled carousel barker, and Julie, a sweet millworker, fall in love, their lives take unexpected turns. The musical explores the challenges of their relationship, as well as Billy’s attempt to make amends for his past mistakes after a tragic event. Carousel touches on themes of love, redemption, and the passage of time.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1945)

Cast Size: 22+

Genre: Rom-Dram

Setting: 1800s / USA (New England)

Creative Team

Music: Richard Rodgers

Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1945)➝

Studio Cast (1956)➝

Lincoln Center Cast (1965)➝

Studio Cast (1987)➝

London Cast (1993)➝

Broadway Cast (2018)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1940s, Child Roles, Classic, Family, One-Word, Popular, Religion, Romance, Summer, Tragedy

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