Carousel [1994 Broadway Revival Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When director Nicholas Hytner brought a version of his Royal National Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel to Broadway, opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center on March 24, 1994, he was rewarded with favorable reviews, five Tony Awards (the most for any musical that season), and a run of 337 performances. But the revival did not go without criticism. While reviewers applauded Hytner's gritty interpretation and imaginative staging, they were relatively unimpressed with the cast's vocal abilities. Bringing only male lead Michael Hayden (as Billy Bigelow) over from London, Hytner seemed to have been more interested in characterization ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When director Nicholas Hytner brought a version of his Royal National Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel to Broadway, opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center on March 24, 1994, he was rewarded with favorable reviews, five Tony Awards (the most for any musical that season), and a run of 337 performances. But the revival did not go without criticism. While reviewers applauded Hytner's gritty interpretation and imaginative staging, they were relatively unimpressed with the cast's vocal abilities. Bringing only male lead Michael Hayden (as Billy Bigelow) over from London, Hytner seemed to have been more interested in characterization than singing, and it was notable that, of those five Tonys, only one went to a performer. When you also consider that the London production had already produced a cast album of its own, the prospects for the inevitable Broadway cast album were somewhat dimmed. On the whole, it isn't as good as the London version, and you can hear what the reviewers were complaining about. Prominent female singers Sally Murphy (Julie Jordan) and Shirley Verrett (Nettie Fowler) are fine, but the men are less adequate. Hayden and Duane Boutté (Enoch Snow Jr.) manage, but Fisher Stevens (Jigger Craigin), has no singing voice to speak of and growls through his part. The saving grace of the album, as it was the strongest element of the production, is the startling debut of Audra Ann McDonald (she later dropped the "Ann"), the show's sole Tony-winning performer. The casting of the African-American McDonald as New Englander Carrie Pipperidge may have been unrealistic (or, as the politically correct prefer, "nontraditional"), but she proved a remarkable singer and a magnetic stage presence. This album is worth having for her singing alone, even if she vastly outshines the rest of her fellow singers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/1994
  • Label: Angel Records
  • UPC: 724355519924
  • Catalog Number: 55199
  • Sales rank: 63,380

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Nadien Violin
Charles Wilson Reeds
Sue Evans Percussion
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Belinda Whitney-Barratt Violin
John Beal Bass, Upright Bass
Virgil Blackwell Reeds
Alicia Edelberg Violin
Barry Finclair Violin
Joyce Flissler Violin
Eileen Folson Cello
John Frosk Trumpet
Gerald Tarack Violin
Joyce Hammann Violin
Mike Hayden Track Performer
Richard Henrickson Violin
Jeffrey James Vocals
Beverly Lauridsen Cello
Robert Lawrence Violin
Charles Libove Violin
Maxine Neuman Cello
Ed Neumeister Trombone
Michael O'Donnell Vocals
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Paul Riggio Horn
Cindy Robinson Vocals
Bruce Rogers Cello
Dick Sarpolo Bass, Upright Bass
Daryl Shaw Trumpet
Heidi Stubner Violin
Harry Zaratzian Viola
William Ellison Bass, Upright Bass
Christoph Franzgrote Violin
John Spencer Viola
Jon Marshall Sharp Vocals
Sarah Adams Viola
David Barjeron Trombone
Suzanne Bass Cello
Maura Giannini Violin
John Dexter Viola
Ethan Bauch Reeds
Eric Stern Conductor
Beth Robinson Harp
Jeffrey Weiss Vocals
Toby Appel Viola
Taye Diggs Vocals, Voices
Janine Kam-Lal Violin
Eddie Korbich Track Performer
Beverly Lauridson Cello
Blair Lawhead Violin
Rocker Verastique Vocals
Shirley Verrett Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Ochoa Vocals
Audra McDonald Vocals
Robert Cary Vocals
Alexia Hess Vocals
Ashley Horne Violin
Sally Murphy Vocals, Track Performer
Kate Buddeke Vocals
Robert Breuler Vocals, Track Performer
Fisher Stevens Vocals, Track Performer
Rebecca Eichenberger Vocals
Brian d'Arcy James Vocals
Lauren Ward Vocals, Track Performer
Sandra Brown Vocals
Duane Boutté Vocals, Track Performer
Lovette George Vocals, Track Performer
Lawrence Goldberg Keyboards
Christopher Costanzi Horn
Janet Lantz Horn
Charles Wilson Reed Trumpet
Joshua Siegel Reeds
Richard Sarpola Bass
Matthias Naegele Cello
Judson Griffin Viola
Susan Lorentsen Violin
Martha Mott-Gale Violin
Richard E. Spencer Viola
Endalyn Taylor Shellman Vocals
Paula Newsome Vocals
Tony Capone Vocals
Dana Stackpole Vocals
Natascia Diaz Vocals
Devin Richards Vocals
Glenn Harris Vocals
Diva Goodfriend-Koven Reeds
Keri Lee Vocals
Michael Hayden Vocals
Linda Gabler Vocals
Carousel Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jeff Weiss Vocals
Eddie Borbich Vocals
Cece Cortes Vocals
Alexies Sânchez Vocals
Philipp Lee Carabuena Vocals
Lyn Nagel Vocals
Lacey Hornkohl Vocals
Tse-Mach Washington Vocals
Tiffany Sampson Vocals
Steven Ochoa Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
William David Brohn Orchestration
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist, Book
Roy Hendrickson Engineering
Jay Landers Producer
Joe Moss Engineer
Joel Moss Engineering
Bruce Samuels Sound Design
Tony McAnany Producer
Hans Spialek Orchestration
Eric Stern Music Direction
Jay Barbieri Art Direction
James McMullan Cover Art
Lysbeth McAleer Art Direction, Assistant Art Director
Ethan Mordden Liner Notes
David Brohm Orchestration
Don Walker Orchestration
Nicholas Hytner Stage Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Definitive "Carousel"

    Although I would give the edge to the previous London Cast Revival recording of the same production, this Lincoln Center presentation of Nicholas Hytner's stunning reworking of Rodgers and Hammertein's immortal masterpiece is nearly as good on CD. As with the previous disc, the orchestrations triumph over the voices with the exception of Audra McDonald's magnificent set of pipes. Michael Hayden's Billy Bigelow may not match John Raitt in the voice department but his portrayal comes across like gangbusters and his performance carries a conviction that makes his voice powerful despite some vocal limitations. You will probably never hear more touching renditions of "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone", two of the greatest songs in the Rodgers and Hammerstein canon. This is an essential disc to own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This recording does a good job of staying true to the show

    My community's production of ''Carousel'' just closed five days ago; I played Louise, Billy Bigelow's daughter. I have come to know and love this music well, and it will always have a special place in my heart. The 1994 Broadway Revival CD is probably the best recording because it includes every piece except ''The Highest Judge of All'' (which is often cut and was cut from our production). This version is unique because it includes Louise's ballet and Geraniums in the Winder. Other recordings cut numbers such as ''Blow High Blow Low'' and the ''Mister Snow Reprise'' which give the show a positive mental lift; ''Carousel'', while in my opinion is the most beautiful and touching Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration (with gorgeous music), is a rather dark musical that deals with touchy subjects such as domestic violence and suicide (if produced the original way Rodgers and Hammerstein intended it). Some numbers that are often cut give the show the lighter edge a typical musical has. This is a great album that stays loyal to an incredible musical.

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