Carousel (Carnegie Hall)

Run date: June 6, 2002
Theater: Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)

Cast: Blythe Danner (Mrs. Mullin), Audra McDonald (Julie Jordan), Lauren Ward (Carrie Pipperidge), Hugh Jackman (Billy Bigelow), Judy Kaye (Nettie Fowler), Jason Danieley (Enoch Snow), Norbert Leo Butz (Jigger Craigin), Philip Bosco (Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon), Eden Riegel (Louise)

Libretti by: Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by: Richard Rodgers

Directed by: Mr. Bobbie
Choreographed by: [NOT AVAILABLE]

In a lively 19th century Maine coastal village, romance blooms between down-and-out carnival barker Billy Bigelow and shy Julie Jordan. After being coerced into a robbery which goes horribly wrong, Billy tragically loses his life in avoiding capture. Granted one more day with the wife and daughter lost to him, Billy attempts to instill in his family the sense of hope and dignity he never had. With timeless music including “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Carousel is a beautiful and deeply touching story of love and redemption.

» Act One

01. The Carousel Waltz
02. You’re A Queer One, Julie Jordan
03. (When I Marry) Mister Snow
04. If I Loved You *
05. June Is Bustin’ Out All Over
06. Mister Snow (Reprise)
07. When The Children Are Asleep
08. Blow High, Blow Low *
09. Soliloquy *

» Act Two

01. This Was A Real Nice Clambake
02. Gernaiums In The Winder
03. There’s Nothin’ So Bad For A Woman
04. What’s The Use Of Wond’rin?
05. You’ll Never Walk Alone
06. The Highest Judge Of All *
07. Billy Makes A Journey
08. If I Loved You (Reprise) *
09. You’ll Never Walk Alone (Reprise) *

An asterisk (*) denotes a song featuring Hugh.

» Reviews

“The Australian actor Hugh Jackman, as it happens, is a tall man. But that doesn’t account for his towering presence on Thursday night at Carnegie Hall. It’s not that Mr. Jackman, a fledgling movie star (”Kate and Leopold,” ”X-Men”), is larger than life. It’s that he makes real life look large […] Mr. Jackman…can switch on an embattled air of virility that, combined with his conversational way with a song, makes him a natural for the hardy heroes of Rodgers and Hammerstein […] With the incomparable Audra McDonald playing Julie Jordan to Mr. Jackman’s Billy Bigelow, ”If I Loved You” — that great yearning duet of awkward courtship — never sounded more affecting […] Mr. Jackman’s voice may not have the operatic richness of Ms. McDonald’s, but it’s a clean and deeply expressive instrument that brought an almost Shakespearean psychological intricacy to Billy’s ”Soliloquy.””

“Acting-wise, Jackman managed to bring moments of humor to the moribund Billy but never in an inappropriate way; this helped him immeasurably in creating a sympathetic characterization.”

“He may not possess the dark-hued, full-bodied baritone one associates with the role of Billy Bigelow, but his more high-lying voice is clear and firm, with a slightly nasal ping to it. He acts with natural ease and has charisma to burn. He met the role’s greatest challenge, the demanding “Soliloquy,” with impressive wit, intelligence and authority. The audience responded with rapture.”

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