The reviews for Carousel are in, and the critics love the new life that’s been breathed into this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. The direction by Jack O’Brien and the choreography by Justin Peck are (mostly) outstanding… the production is thoughtful in tone, playing honestly to both the light and dark moments, and the choreography is imaginative and entertaining. The performances are impressive… Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller are spot-on in the leading roles, and the supporting performers, including the legendary Renée Fleming, shine equally brightly in their turns. Though the musical itself carries some problematic social issues, which aren’t made any less problematic in this production, it still offers some of the most beloved musical theatre numbers ever written and showcases singers, dancers, and actors seemingly born for this. So yeah, you should pay your nickel and take the ride.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF CAROUSEL
Blame it on God, or the fates, or — to use the metaphor of choice here — the stars. But when Billy meets Julie in the heartfelt, half-terrific revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” which opened on Thursday night at the Imperial Theater, you can tell they’ve been felled by a force beyond their comprehension or control. Look at the dazed, questioning expressions on the faces of Billy Bigelow (Joshua Henry), the restless carnival barker, and Julie Jordan (Jessie Mueller), the homebody mill worker, as they sing that greatest of all ballads of romantic ambivalence, “If I Loved You.” They’re scared, all right, him especially…
VARIETY REVIEW OF CAROUSEL
Audiences encountering Joshua Henry’s electrifying performance as the charismatic but star-cursed Billy Bigelow will long remember the experience. In this new Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” Henry shows off the exceptionally beautiful voice of a genuine actor-singer, a voice that while warm and mellow, can also soar with joy and tremble in despair….
DEADLINE REVIEW OF CAROUSEL
Let’s state the obvious. Carousel is a masterpiece, a sublime piece of 20th Century musical theater that includes among its abundant treasures a song, “If I Loved You”, that ranks among the most beautiful ever written for the stage (I’d say the most beautiful but I’m not on a barstool). Jack O’Brien’s revival, at the Imperial Theatre and Broadway’s first in more than 20 years, superbly sung by Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller and Renée Fleming, is ravishing, as lovely as anything you’ll see and hear this season….
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF CAROUSEL
Some Broadway musicals are timeless. Carousel is not one of them. Director Jack O’Brien’s new revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1945 smash stars several of the hottest actors currently gracing the Great White Way (Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry, for starters), features the work of a hot young choreographer in Justin Peck, and includes a number of classic songs, but none of that can make up for the show’s one key problem: The story is Just. Plain. Bad. After a very, very long “Carousel Waltz,” we’re finally introduced to millworker and “queer one” Julie Jordan (Mueller) and her friend, Carrie Pipperidge (Lindsay Mendez)…
NY1 REVIEW OF CAROUSEL
It’s been nearly 25 years since Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” has come around on Broadway. And good reason… the last production featuring a young Audra McDonald set the bar pretty high. And while the current revival doesn’t measure up in some ways, it makes up for it in others – starting with that glorious score. With an orchestra numbering more than two dozen musicians, it is pure ear candy once the overture swells. Somewhat disappointing is what meets the eye, with design elements that scream low budget. The choreographed open introducing the carousel features a single horse off to the side, and some of the costume choices were head scratching…