Seeing a musical on stage is a special experience. Seeing it at a venue such as the famed Lincoln Center is an even more special experience. Now thanks to Public Media Distribution audiences can enjoy both experiences from the comfort of their own homes with the release of Live from Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.
Live from Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel was released Feb 28 on DVD. The performance, originally recorded in the Avery Fisher Hall at the famed arts center in March 2013, features music from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and performances by Kelli O’Hara (Sex and the City 2, Peter Pan Live, The Accidental Wolf), Shuler Hensley (Van Helsing, The Legend of Zorro, After Life), John Cullum (Northern Exposure, The Middle, ER) and others.
The 2013 performance presented in PBS’ new release is not the first time that the musical has been staged at the Lincoln Theater. It has also been presented at the famed facility in 1994 and won five Tony ® Awards for that run including Best Musical Revival and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Audra McDonald.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical, based on Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play Liliom, has been called “the best musical of the 20th Century” by Time magazine. It moves Molnar’s original story from Europe to the Maine coastline as it follows the tragic love story of carnival barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan. The story includes such memorable songs as ‘If I Loved You,’ ‘June Is Bustin’ Out All Over’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’
Ever since it made its Broadway debut in 1945, Carousel has been adapted countless times across America and the world. It has even been translated into a big-screen feature that debuted in American theaters on Feb. 16, 1956. It is currently in Paris by Britain’s Opera North.
Live from Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel is available now on DVD. It can be ordered via PBS’ online store for $19.99. More information on this and other episodes of Live from Lincoln Center is available online now at:
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