PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Cinderella's Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Rebecca Luker Pick Rodgers & Hammerstein Favorites

By Michael Gioia
25 Sep 2013

Rebecca Luker: "What's the Use of Wond'rin'" (Carousel). The story of Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow just makes me weep. It's an epic tragedy. You see Julie going down the wrong path; falling in love with a man who beats her. I'm torn about this show because it could be seen as condoning wife-beating. But I think, instead, Rodgers & Hammerstein were simply delving into the psyche of this lonely, delicate, yet fiercely loyal woman. Here's how Julie puts it: "What's the use of wond'rin' if the ending will be sad? He's your fella and you love him. There's nothin' more to say."