Carousel is a fun ride

Carousel is a fun ride
A scene from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel> Picture: Alistair Muir

Musical: Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin June 10-13. Rating: ****. Previewed by Lily Killeen

Carousel is the lesser-known creation of collaborative duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – the team behind Oklahoma, The Sound of Music and The King and I.

Set in a tight-knit fishing village on the coast of Maine, the 1943 musical tells the story of the ill-fated love affair between the young and beautiful Julie Jordan (Gillene Butterfield) and Billy Bigelow (Keith Higham), a tough talking, macho, carousel barker.

The couple marry and Julie falls pregnant,...

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