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|Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jan Clayton|
Carousel: Selections from the Theatre Guild Musical Play: A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album (Original 1945 Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
For a long time Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel lived in the shadow of its phenomenally successful immediate predecessor, Oklahoma! Based on Ferenc Molnar's play Liliom, Carousel took many risks for its time, and it's n... more »
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For a long time Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel lived in the shadow of its phenomenally successful immediate predecessor, Oklahoma! Based on Ferenc Molnar's play Liliom, Carousel took many risks for its time, and it's now easier to appreciate them. Though the songwriters gave the story a more upbeat ending, the subject matter, about a brutal man's treatment of the women in his life and its impact on his fate, was undeniably dark. Furthermore, Rodgers and Hammerstein were arguably more stylistically audacious than in Oklahoma!. Rodgers, for instance, dispensed with the traditional overture, composing a piece titled "Waltz Suite: 'Carousel'" instead. No wonder, then, that many R & H fans actually prefer Carousel to its older sibling. This 50th-anniversary edition of the recordings made by the original cast offers alternate takes of three tracks. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD from the MCA Broadway-Gold range features the peerless original 1945 cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL, regarded by the duo as their favorite of all their collaborations. The 1945 cast featured John Raitt, in his Broadway debut, as the carnival barker Billy Bigelow with the lovely Jan Clayton as Julie Jordan. The role of Carrie is played by Jean Darling with the cast rounded out by Christine Johnson as Nettie, Eric Mattson as Enoch Snow, Murvyn Vye as Jigger and Connie Baxter.Raitt's amazing voice perfectly inhabits songs like "The Highest Judge of All" and the breathtaking "Soliloquy". Jan Clayton is a perfect fit for Julie. Miss Clayton would go on to further distinction a few years later, playing both Magnolia and Kim in a landmark revival of SHOW BOAT. Jean Darling perfectly captures the breathless romantic longing of Carrie with the delightful "Mister Snow".Sound quality is quite good for the age of the material. This cast album is naturally a must-own for all fans of musical theatre"
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alain robert | ST-HUBERT,QUÉBEC | 09/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although i like the movie soundtrack a lot,i was glad to get the original cast album that includes one track:THE HIGHEST JUDGE OF ALL that was not in the movie.CAROUSEL will always remain a great show that had it all to become a classic.If you consider the age of this record 1945,it's still a treat to hear JOHN RAITT,JAN CLAYTON and company do their numbers.Probably because i am a fan of this show,i think it holds up very well.Anyway,if you are a RODGERS and HAMMERSTEIN enthousiast,you simply must include the original CAROUSEL cast album in your collection."