Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Carousel' from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Laura Osnes and Steven Pasquale in 'Carousel' Laura Osnes and Steven Pasquale in 'Carousel' (Todd Rosenberg/Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, featuring some of the most beloved songs in musical theater, but staged with the full resources of an opera house.

Steven Pasquale, star of Broadway and television's "The Good Wife" plays the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow. He captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan, played by two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes.

Denyce Graves, known for her fiery interpretations of the title role in Bizet's Carmen, takes on her first full-length musical theater role as Nettie Fowler.

Billy Bigelow: Steven Pasquale
Julie Jordan: Laura Osnes
Carrie Pipperidge: Jenn Gambatese
Enoch Snow: Matthew Hydzik
Nettie Fowler: Denyce Graves
Jigger Craigin: Jarrod Emick
Mrs. Mullin: Charlotte d’Amboise
Starkeeper: Tony Roberts
David Bascomb: David Lively
Louise: Abigail Simon
Director/Choreographer: Rob Ashford
Conductor: David Chase

Comments [11]

Pangraz from Silver Spring, MD

I only caught part of this on my car radio. Alas, it ended before I could listen to the finish when I arrived home. How can I buy a recording of this production, or listen to it on line?

I thought that it was a marvel, at least the sampling I heard. I've enjoyed the McCrae/Jones movie version, but this was heads above it and I'd like to listen to it entire--thanks for any help []

Jun. 23 2015 07:41 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

@Mr.Eisenberg: Welcome back. Always enjoyed your witty comments.
Best wishes

Jun. 21 2015 06:59 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

A minor typo. I meant to write DAVE GARROWAY as the host of the WNBC-TV program THE TODAY SHOW.

Jun. 20 2015 04:14 PM
George from 40th street from New york city

A gorgeous performance, heartfelt and well-sung! It really reinforces the operatic nature of the Rodgers and Hammmerstein partnership. Hard to maintain a dry eye during the whole thing!

Jun. 20 2015 04:14 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

STEVEN PASQUALE does a commendable BILLY BIGELOW in the famous Mono;ogue. Throughout this production haas a livreliness, verve and excellent diction and, from the audience's responses it must be well directed for the humor cpmes across and also the dialogue is angular and crisp. In my night club digs I was often asked to do ther Moniologue, If I loved You, and June is bustin out all over. As the resident tenor soloist with the GODINO OPERA THEATER on WEVD on Sunday mornings, I got to sing with all the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals conductors : SALVATORE DELL' ISOLA, FREDRICH DVONCH and ANTON COPPOLA. At JUILLIARD I got to know MARY RODGERS, the daughter/composer [Once Upon a Mattress] of RICHARD RODGERS who for many years was our Chairman of the JUILLIARD ALUMNI ASWSOCIATION which held our meetings every June. Mary commented to me on my 1951 graduation from JUILLIARD that I did not look my age, but looked twenty years younger. Sadly she died last year. OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN'S son JAMES asked my brother Dr. Ben C. LANE about his ski center the PRINCETO SKI BOWL on BEARPEN MOUNTAIN in the CATSKILLS after skiing at our ski center which was highly touted for its long ski season getting more snow than even Vermont, getting it earlier and later, on the TODAY SHOW with DAVID GARROWA. I met JAMES at our lodge at the ski center and the SLUTSKIs who did the tree removal to my brother's designed ski slopes and trails pointed out to him the possibilities of their HUNTER MOIUNTAIN. JAMES was the original owner and operator there of the HUNTER MOIUNTAIN SKI CENTER. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer and the director of the RICHARD WAGNER MUSIC DRAMA INSTITUTE, where the vocal techniques for acting and singing and all the acting roles of the SHAKESPEARE oeuvre and all the singing roles of the WAGNER music dramas are coached.

Jun. 20 2015 03:41 PM
Larry Eisenberg from nyc

A very minor effort we can see
Awash with dialogue, not da Ponte,
To Lyric Opera's shame,
It won't enhance its name,
There may be people listening, but not me.

Jun. 20 2015 03:07 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

@Mr. Eisenberg: Are you the same Mr. Eisenberg who would post some poetry after a performance?

Jun. 20 2015 03:05 PM
Larry Eisenberg

A very minor effort, we can see,

Jun. 20 2015 02:54 PM

Thanks for the link MidwesternR. I love this music and look forward to the performance. I found the soprano excellent; not so sure about Steven Pasquale. An excellent actor, but seems a little underpowered for Billy, when compared with John Raitt or even Gordon Macrae.

Jun. 20 2015 11:21 AM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

I am glad as well to listen to this splendid piece of Americana.
I wish the Metropolitan Opera would present more of these beautiful musicals.

Jun. 20 2015 06:49 AM
MidwesternR from Chicago Suburbs

Chicago audiences were enthralled this spring by this stunning revival. Here's a link to an extraordinary YouTube duet backstage, with Laura Osnes and Steven Pasquale singing "If I Loved You." Glad that WQXR listeners will get to enjoy the show.

Jun. 20 2015 01:15 AM

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