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Carousel (1994 Broadway Revival Cast) Cast Recording

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Editorial Reviews

Carousel may have been one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's least popular shows at the time, but it's now considered one of the duo's most compelling offerings, and there are plenty of good recordings to choose from. Nicholas Hytner's much-praised production originated in London (with a cast album available on RCA/Victor) before successfully opening at Lincoln Center in New York. The CD's nicely illustrated booklet gives a fair idea of Bob Crowley's spectacular sets and costumes, which went a long way in helping Hytner reinvent the show (he got rid of "The Highest Judge of All," for instance). The American cast (only Michael Hayden's Billy Bigelow appeared in both cities) is as good as it gets, with special kudos going to Audra McDonald and her heavenly "Mister Snow." The original recording may have historical value, but this one's artistically and vocally top-notch. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

1. Act One: Prologue: The Carousel Waltz
2. Act One: You're A Queer One, Julie Jordan
3. Act One: Mister Snow
4. Act One: If I Loved You (Introduction)
5. Act One: If I Loved You
6. Act One: Give It To 'em Good, Carrie...
7. Act One: June Is Bustin' Out All Over
8. Act One: Mister Snow (Reprise)
9. Act One: When The Children Are Asleep
10. Act One: Blow High, Blow Low
11. Act One: Soliloquy
12. Act Two: A Real Nice Clambake
13. Act Two: Geraniums In The Winder
14. Act Two: Stonecutters Cut It On Stone
15. Act Two: What's The Use Of Wond'rin'
16. Act Two: You'll Never Walk Alone
17. Act Two: Ballet: Pas De Duex
18. Act Two: If I Loved You (Reprise)
19. Act Two: The Sermon
20. Act Two: You'll Never Walk Alone (Reprise)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 18, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: June 14, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Angel
  • ASIN: B000002SL0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Langeland on February 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Carousel is my absolute favorite R&H recording and, as such, I own four recordings of it: The original cast, the MCA studio with Barbara Cook, the London revival, and this one. What I find extremely odd about the past reviews of this CD is that they recommend the London CD over this one, while this CD is in my opinion the best recording and the London one is the absolute worst.
Michael Hayden does a much much MUCH better singing job here than in London, and Sally Murphy is a very touching Julie, as opposed to Joanna Riding's love-me-or-I'll-beat-you-up approach.
Now enough with the comparisons. Shirley Verrett sings an unusually touching and tender "You'll never walk alone," and Audra McDonald and Eddie Korbich have a magical chemistry and wonderful vocal abilities, making this my favorite rendition of "When the Children are Asleep."
But what I love most about this recording is that it is so energetic and heartfelt both in the singing and in the orchestra, that one can't help but feel the sheer humanity of the characters, their joy, pain, and heart, which is lacking in every other recording I've heard.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I saw the 1994 revival of "Carousel" in New York six years ago this August. It was this recording (released a couple of months before my trip to New York) that made me buy tickets to the show. I had seen the 1956 film version and heard various recordings of the music, but none moved me like this one. The big difference is the moving, complex performance of Michael Hayden, captured here on disc. His "Soliloquy" and reprise of "If I Loved You" are especially heart-wrenching. Audra McDonald received much praise for her work as Carrie (and deservedly so), but it is Hayden's performance that I carried away with me. To this day, his is one of the best performances I have ever seen--it made me see the character of Billy and the entire show in a whole new light. The orchestrations by William David Brohn are wonderful. I particularly like what he did with "The Carousel Waltz": carnival-like and festive, but with a dark undertone. I am thankful to have this recording to help me remember a moving, revelatory theatre experience. Very highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grant Hugh Alexander on December 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
CAROUSEL is the only R&H musical that I completely embrace, along with OKLAHOMA, but I consider CAROUSEL to be a stronger show, not just musically, but in its narritive and character development as well. That said, I love listening to this recording! Audra McDonald's Carrie is a revelation, and her rendition of "Mr. Snow" is one of the highlights of the show, along with "Carousel Waltz," "What's the Use of Wondrin'?", "When the Children Are Asleep," and of course the full version of "If I Loved You." I agree with other reviewers that Michael Hayden isn't an amazing, astonishing singer (as others who have played the role have been), but his performance is wonderful in that he puts the needs of the character first. As an actor who sings rather than a singer who acts, I consider singing to be slightly ("slightly" being the key word)secondary to acting in musical theatre, that's one of the things that separates it from opera. Shirley Verrett's Nettie is vocally top nothch, with a very warm voice, although,her "You'll Never Walk Alone" is not as emotional as I would like, but her voice is nonetheless beautiful. Sally Murphy's Julie is very good and has a wonderful silvery soprano,her rendition of "What's the Use of Wondrin'?" nearly bringing one to tears. Her voice is wonderful in all of her songs, but her dialogue in "If I Loved You" is a little too cute at times, but she is wonderful nevertheless. Ms. Murphy is fascinated by Billy, but it is of a more timid fascination, so, you never doubt her innocence and naivitee. Ms. Murphy is also much better vocally than Ms. Joanna Riding on the London recording. Eddie Korbich makes for a quirky and comical Mr.Read more ›
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A. Andersen on August 21, 1998
Format: Audio CD
In the time it took Nicholas Hytner to transfer his London smash hit revival of CAROUSEL to Broadway it lost its freshness, its sensitivity and its magic. The cast is all new except for Michael Hayden's Billy who has played the role too long and become studied, belligerant rather than sensitive and groping, and harsh of singing tone. The production won five Tonys including Best Revival and one for Audra McDonald's Carrie but it doesn't match the London creation. What you get in that recording that you don't in this are: JUNE's dance music; the complete LOUISE'S BALLET; dialogue at end of Act I and the heaven transition, and Billy's dialogue in the finale. What you get in the Broadway recording you don't get in the London recording are: GIVE IT TO EM GOOD, CARRIE (only the second recording of this piece); women's chorus on STONECUTTERS, the SERMON. Stick with the London recording over this - it's far better. For the record, the CAROUSEL WALTZ is better conducted than the London recording - more spirited; Audra McDonald's Carrie in MR. SNOW is a heavier and louder voice than we're used to in this role, though she sings well. JULIE JORDAN is acceptable. IF I LOVED YOU is harsher than the London recording with Sally Murphy's Julie sounding terrified rather than awestruck. Shirley Verrett's is too operative a voice for Nettie - too big and her phrasing is way off. JUNE is acceptable chorus-wise but she is misplaced. MR.SNOW -reprise and WHEN THE CHILDREN ARE ASLEEP are good, due to Ms. McDonald and an enthusiastic performance fro Eddie Korbich as Snow. Fisher Stevens mimics the raspy voice of his predecessor in BLOW HIGH, which is fine. Hayden's SOLILOQUY is tougher and far less sensitive than his London recording and his acting has become mannered.Read more ›
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