Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, which Time magazine called the greatest musical of the 20th century, at the Olney Theatre Center. Swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates and marries naive millworker Julie. Losing his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, Billy, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into taking part in a bank robbery. Caught in the act and facing prison, he takes his own life and is sent “up there.” Returning to Earth for just one day – 15 years later – Billy encounters the daughter he never knew. A lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and a bully has haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It’s easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s personal favorite.
Carousel at Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage
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