Based on Ferenc Molnár's play Liliom, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's second collaboration and the follow-up to their wildly successful Oklahoma! The production opened at the Majestic Theatre April 19, 1945, starring John Raitt as Billy Bigelow and Jan Clayton as Julie Jordan.
The musical was well-received by critics and would prove to be another success for the dynamic writing duo. Lewis Nichols of the New York Times thought the show was "delightful" and wrote: "Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who can do no wrong, have continued doing no wrong in adapting Liliom into a musical play."
Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Buy One, Get One Free!
The Rockettes® dazzle in brilliant dance numbers and Radio City® shines with the joy of the season.
Follow Santa on his sleigh ride, see ice skaters swirl across the stage, and catch a snowflake or two
in this immersive theatrical experience like no other. And this year, delight in the magic of Santa’s enchanted toy factory! We’re bringing back a fan favorite to Santa’s workshop, with charming ragdolls that come to life.