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Savannah Center Performance Dates and Times:
Thursday, November 14th 7:00 PM only
Friday, November 15th, 7:00 PM only
Saturday, November 16th, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
The time is 1873. the place a small fishing village on the rocky New England coastline. Billy Bigelow a flawed barker played by Dave Saxe for Mrs. Mullin’s carousal played by Brynn Neal in a local amusement park, meets Julie Jordan played by Mary Jo Vitale a young innocent girl working at the nearby mill. What follows is their love story.
Carousal a classic by Rodgers and Hammerstein won the New York Drama Critics Circle award and received unanimous rave reviews after its opening in 1945. The finest musical plays one has ever seen…. was summarized in a review by the New York Times. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein have nothing less than a masterpiece..the theme is timeless and universal….the devotion of two people who love each other but fail to find happiness is the culmination of the story, It has been called imaginative and exciting.
Rodgers considered Carousel his favorite of all his musicals and wrote “it affects me deeply every time I see it performed”. It has been named the Best Musical of the 20th Century and has set the standard for others. Carousal features the most beautiful score and the most skillful, and affecting example of Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical storytelling ability.
It’s ending is especially poignant at a time in history when Americans grieved the loss of a brother, son, father or friend after the 2nd World War. The audience empathized with Billy’s all-too-human efforts to seek and complete an unfinished life, and to offer a proper goodbye.
But Author and Composer Ethan Mordden agreed that the meaning is not in the tragedy of the present, but rather in the hope for the future where no one walks alone.
The musical score is unchallenged in it’s beauty: If I Loved You, June is Bustin Out All Over, When The Children Are Asleep and the beautiful Soliloquy in addition to What’s the Use of Wond’rin? and the formidable You’ll Never Walk Alone. The ballet in itself is a thing of beauty and the a key production number of the show.
Carousal is a timeless, moving and stunning musical not to be missed.
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CAROUSEL is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.