|Wilma’s Rating: 3/5
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|It’s not often that Wilma leaves the comfort of the West End to see a show, but knowing Carousel is on its way to London’s Barbican in August, I thought I would take a sneak peak into what it was all about.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel has been called the best musical of the 20th century (by Time magazine), but is it?
The story is based around two mill workers Julie and Carrie. While at the Carousel one evening, Julie falls for barker Billy and forgoes her curfew to spend the night with him (knowing she will lose her job in the process). When Julie discovers she is pregnant, Billy turns to murder and robbery in order to support his unborn child but things do not go according to plan and he ends up at the gates of heaven. Billy is given the chance to go back and make things right with his now, teenage daughter.
This wonderful 1940’s musical features the world famous song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as well as many others. The interesting thing with this show is that this production has been produced by Opera North, an opera company taking on a musical is a different concept but it works well.
This performance included a few understudies but watching the performance you couldn’t tell who was principal cast and who wasn’t. Is it the best show of the 20th Century? For some people, it probably is. This show comes to London for one month starting 15th August. Go and check it out for yourself.