Carousel [1993 London Cast Recording]

Carousel [1993 London Cast Recording]


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When Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II agreed to adapt Ferenc Molnar's tragic play Liliom into a musical in 1945, they were concerned that the story was too pessimistic, and they took steps to lighten it, particularly by fiddling with the ending. Nevertheless, the resulting show Carousel was thought to be unusually dark for a musical, and though it ran 890 performances in its original production, it was not as successful as several other Rodgers and Hammerstein shows and attracted relatively few revivals over the years. But in 1992, director Nicholas Hytner, under the auspices of Britain's Royal National Theatre, came up with an acclaimed production that emphasized the very elements Rodgers and Hammerstein had tried to soften. Hytner gave Carousel a modern interpretation that kept its rough edges intact and played up its drama. After an initial run at the Royal National Theatre that began on December 10, 1992, the show transferred to the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End on September 10, 1993. This cast album clearly showcases Hytner's approach. His actors speak and sing emphatically in a way more reminiscent of the method acting style popular in the nonmusical theater of the 1940s than of the musical stage of the period, and Michael Hayden, playing the male lead Billy Bigelow, suggests Marlon Brando more than he does John Raitt, who originated the role on Broadway. The actors have the occasional uncertain moment with their American accents, but that doesn't keep this from being a fresh, unusually earthy version of a show that always had higher quotients of lust and violence than other musicals of its day. Recordings of Carousel seem to get longer and longer, and this one, at 79 and one-half minutes, is about as long as a single CD can get. The big addition is the 12-minute "Ballet" near the end, a piece of music not previously recorded. This Carousel album will not make fans forget the original Broadway cast recording, but it definitely marks a re-imagining of an old warhorse for a new era.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2008
Label: Imports
UPC: 5014636604223
catalogNumber: 807686
Rank: 83765

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Roach   Oboe,Cor anglais
Phil Daniels   Vocals,Track Performer
Megan Davies   Vocals
Andy Findon   Flute,Piccolo
Mike Hayden   Vocals
Stephen Milne   Cello
Brendon O'Reilly   Violin
Gillian Findlay   Violin
Martin Robinson   Cello
Barbara King   Vocals
Bernie LaFontaine   Clarinet,Flute
David Christophere   Vocals
Rolf Wilson   Leader
Martin Yates   Conductor
Jacqui Boatswain   Vocals
Anthony Gladstone   Horn
Geoffrey Harniess   Trumpet
Donald McVay   Viola
Kevin Wainwright   Vocals
Colin Staveley   Violin
Robert Price   Trombone
Erica Simpson   Cello
Rachel Clarke   Vocals
Nick Hitchens   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Katrina Murphy   Vocals,Track Performer
Andrew Callard   Trumpet
Andrea Stone   Vocals
Josefina Gabrielle   Vocals
Matthew Skilton   Vocals
Natalie Wright   Vocals
Meg Johnson   Vocals
Joanna Riding   Vocals
Nicholas Ormrod   Percussion
Hal Fowler   Vocals
Sandy Burnett   Bass
Sarah Clark   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Clive Rowe   Vocals
Orchestra   Track Performer
Mark Smith   Horn
Michael Thompson   Horn
Graeme Scott   Viola
Paul Harris   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Chris Walker   Producer
William David Brohn   Orchestration
Ray Colcord   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist,Book
Dave Hunt   Engineer
Kenneth McMillan   Choreographer
Justin Hobart Brown   Contributor,Production Director
Mike Walker   Engineer
Nicholas Allott   Executive Producer
David Hunt   Engineer
Martin Yates   Musical Director
Paul Groothuis   Engineer
Don Walker   Contributor,Orchestration

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