Look Back at Jan Clayton, John Raitt, and More in Carousel on Broadway

Archival Photos   Look Back at Jan Clayton, John Raitt, and More in Carousel on Broadway
 
The original production opened April 19, 1945, at the Majestic Theatre.
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Jan Clayton and John Raitt Vandamm Studio/©NYPL for the Performing Arts

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel premiered on Broadway April 19, 1945, at the Majestic Theatre. The production, which starred Jan Clayton as Julie Jordan and John Raitt as Billy Bigelow, includes such numbers as “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Carousel tells the tale of brash carousel barker Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, a quiet girl who works in the mill, as they fall in love, marry, and have a stormy relationship that leads to tragedy and an attempt at mending old wounds from beyond the grave.

Flip through photos of the original Broadway production below:

The show returns to Broadway this season in a Jack O’Brien-helmed production that will officially open April 12 the Imperial Theatre. Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller stars as Julie Jordan alongside Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow and Renée Flemming as Nettie Fowler.

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