Live from Lincoln Center: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel

 (224)8.42 h 12 min201313+
Rodgers and Hammerstein composed some of the most glorious music ever written for the stage in Carousel. This is a dazzling adaptation featuring all-star performances from Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, and others.
Directors
Glenn Weiss
Starring
Kelli O'HaraAudra McDonaldNathan Gunn
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Documentary
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English [CC]
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English

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Supporting actors
Jessie MuellerJason DanieleyStephanie BlytheShuler HensleyKate BurtonJohn CullumRobert FairchildTiler Peck
Producers
Andrew Carl WilkDouglas Chang
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Live from Lincoln Center
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Norma K JusticeReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's Rodgers And Hammerstein, New York Philharmonic , Kellie O'Hara, Tiler Peck and pure Heaven!
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I could get seriously carried away in an attempt to praise this production. I was weaned on musicals. Rodgers and Hammerstein were burned into my memory by the time I was 6 years old. Unfortunately, I've never seen a single Broadway production except on film. But, film isn't bad. Especially when you can remember almost, every single time you Have watched one. I'm old enough to remember having 3 tv stations and how my mother and I waited patiently (ok, Not so patiently) for "Cinderella" with Leslie Ann Warren to air once a year on TV. "Oklahoma"... "The King and I" and the list goes on of seeing these in our beautiful theater Paramount built a few decades before. Then, there's "Carousel." Memorizing the songs. Sometimes having the more adult like topics explained in ways that seemed to make more sense to me, the older I got. Shirley Jones, Yul Brenner, Frank Sinatra, Ol Blue eyes, recorded "Soliloquy" for crying out loud. We had an intercom in our house where my Dad, kept the radio glued to our local Easy Listening radio station, so even at night I could turn up the volume a tiny bit while dozing off to the greatest music ever written and recorded. So, if I say this production of "Carousel" was almost better than all productions I've heard or been able to watch, I know what im talking about. There are no colorful sets, no crowded fairgrounds, just orchestra (yes, I chuckled) it's only the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center, the most amazing performers like Kellie O'Hara then...without a large ballet number, it only includes two of my most favorite ballet dancers on the planet, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild from New York City Ballet. I suppose my perfect life would be to live in NYC and do nothing but see Broadway Shows and Ballets every single night. It seems City Ballet an ABT are slowly starting to release their productions into theaters (not all) and even releasing to dvd. If anyone from those two companies happen to see this (yes, I chuckled again) Please, Please, Please don't forget, there is as whole country, just to start with, that may never be able TO travel to New York, to watch... Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns, Lauren Lovett, etc, etc, perform "Swan Lake." I guarantee I would buy every single one. Probably many of each, just to give as gifts! At least when I bought This dvd, I can watch it any time I want. There isn't one boring second in this entire production. So... Kellie, Tiler...every single person involved with this, a Very Grateful woman in the Heartland Thanks You. You're ALL Amazing. Do Not Miss this production. It's worth every minute. Every second and will become part of your soul.
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FBReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A careful, precious restoration of an un-equalable masterpiece of the Amercian theater
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This version of Carousel captures the true greatness of the original play.
All the great parts are there to be marveled at and adored.....................
Billy meets the fellow fixing stars to the sky.
And is offered a chance to make amends before his destiny is determined.
The ballet music to which his daughter dances actually gets around to the
original melodies that Rogers wrote for that specific scene.
The beauty of the scene when the lovers meet and sing to each other
as the rose buds are falling from the sky is gently & beautifully done.
Mr. Snow & Miss Pickeridge are there in fine form.
And the country preacher who also is the doctor who delivered most of the
graduates is there.
The pieces are all there. And they form the most precious synchronicity.

Richard Rogers re-mounted this masterpiece when he was given control
over a piece of Lincoln Center. I saw it in my late teens. John Rait probably
was only 20 when the play originally opened in 1945. So there he could be
again in the late 60s-----unapproachably brilliant in what he was able to do with
his songs and the part. The male lead in this version is terrific. So is the female lead.

A little treasure has been returned to us---to remember the strangely simple bases of
our culture. Something to be watched over and over. Thank God for 'Live at Lincoln Center'!
Thank God for their commitment to getting this show right!!!!!!!
Even adding a minor song that might have shown up in the original.
No effort is spared here. A piece of greatness forever.
And the music and so simple lyrics by their composers is BRILLIANT.
Take your time with this version of Carousel.
Let it have its way with you.
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PDSReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
BEST Production of "Carousel" I Have Ever Seen!
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I made a special day trip to NYC just to see "Carousel," at Lincoln Center. Mesmerizing performances with a wonderful cast starring Kelli O'Hara and Nathan Gunn. Rich & gorgeous score! Beautifully staged & directed!

I did see the special PBS airing of "Carousel," hosted by Audra McDonald. Wonderful presentation with special interviews with cast members and conductor Rob Fisher.

This new DVD release of "Carousel" is a must-have for anyone who loves and appreciates musical theater! I remember leaving Lincoln Center saying this production has got to have a cast album and it would be great to have a DVD. Well, at least one of my wishes has finally been granted.
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BretReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This production of Carousel is one of the finest pieces of theater that I have ever seen
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This production of Carousel is one of the finest pieces of theater that I have ever seen. The singing, orchestra, and acting are each superb, and I found myself enthralled by almost every minute. This production only further substantiates my belief that Carousel, despite its problems, is the best musical in the Rodgers and Hammerstein output. I found myself in tears at many points, including the outstanding opening scenes between Julie, Carrie, and Billie, and later Billie's soliloquy. Each actor seems perfectly made for their roles, including a winning performance by Stephanie Blythe as Nettie and a visit from John Cullum as the Starkeeper. Of course both Kelli O'Hara and Nathan Gunn were outstanding. I cannot recommend this DVD enough.
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Lawrence E BrownReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A total stage success
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I can't see such a good feature film and stage production without singing its praises. Wow! The creativity of the producers testifies to their belief in the classical excellence of the libretto and the music: what was a Broadway musical and a Hollywood movie become a stage play with the orchestra in the midst of the actors, reduced props, no changes in scenes, just the suggestive power of the acting and the viewers' imaginations. What terrific voices, especially Nathan Gunn's, who fill the shoes of Billy so marvelously. I don't recall there ever having been a supernatural flavor to the play, but I did a little reading up on Molnar's "Liliom" and I see that it is essential to the story. And maybe the meaning of the Carousel becomes more evident in this way: it's not just a haunt for fun-seekers of an unreputable sort like Billy but an image of life that goes around in similar fashion from generation to generation, allowing people to learn the music and finally get it right, just as Billy did with his daughter.
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P J WillsonReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a cast!
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Here is Carousel with a dream cast! Nathan Gunn, Kelli O'Hara, Jessie Mueller, Shuler Hensley, Jason Daniele, John Cullum, the New York Philharmonic , and then for the final ballet Tiler Peck and Robbie Fairchild! The music has never sounded better or more lush.
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JESReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
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Nearly everything about this is perfection. Nathan Gunn is maybe the weakest link but he still is a powerful Billy. Kelly O'Hara as Julie is just wonderful. The Bench Scene (If I Loved You) is simply divine - an outstanding performance of one of musical theater's most perfectly rendered scenes. Jessie Mueller brings a beating heart to Carrie that I've always found lacking. She has great warmth and more humanity than the usual caricature of this comic character. She and Jason Danieley (Mr. Snow) have such chemistry and their big moment in Act 1 nearly steals the show. Absolutely my favorite version of When The Children Are Asleep. I could go on but really, just watch it. Very highly recommended!
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Shaba D.Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible Performances and The Orchestra Is Out Of The Pit
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I first saw this on an open air stage in Kansas City Kansas when I was eight. My mom's choice no doubt but I loved it then and I love it now. I have been to the Lincoln Center four times in my life, at Christmas for Swan Lake, twice and two other Ballet performances. When I saw the orchestra on stage I really wondered just how this would work out because there is limited space on that stage but to my absolute delight and amazement, it worked out fine. If you watch the orchestra during the program you'll see them watching the singers with delight. They sometimes smile but are always on que. A total delight, I hope Amazon brings us more great performances like this one. The youth today needs to reconnect to the productions of old. Catch West Side Story as well, on this month. It has been restored beautifully, although many of the primary singer do not actually sing their own parts, it too is still a joy to watch.
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