Filmed on location in a beautiful seaside village, Carousel stars Gordan MacRae as Billy Bigelow, a smooth-talking carny man who in love with a millworker (Shirley Jones). Tragedy strikes test star-crossed lovers, though, and their journey is not easy. How Billy makes his way to Heaven and back again, providing love and solace to his wife and daughter, and redemption for himself, is the story of the of the most unique and powerfully uplifting musicals ever written. With a score that includes “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, little wonder that Carousel was composer Richard Rodgers’ personal favorite
Last night, I watched the musical movie of Carousel. It is a musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, one of my favorite composer and lyricist teams. While watching, I could easily understand why Carousel is considered a classic. It has a beautiful score with the well-known, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. At first, I was confused by what the plot was, but over time it slowly made more and more sense. I thought it was nicely cast especially on Billy and Julie.
The character of Billy sometimes did not make sense to me because I did not understand some of his actions at times as he was telling his story. Like many Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, there was a second romance in this musical. It was between Carrie, Julie’s best friend, and Mr. Snow and that helped balance out some of the more serious elements of the story.
I still have not found a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that I do not like. What could go wrong with Rodgers and Hammerstein?
Who is a fan of Carousel? If you hadn’t seen Carousel, what is your favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musical?