Famous for its musical productions, the Indianapolis Civic Theatre offers another classic of musical theatre. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel runs at Indianapolis Civic Theatre, on the campus of Marian University, March 12 through March 28. Named one of the most popular musicals of all time, and famous as Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s favorite collaboration, Carousel offers a unique perspective on love and redemption.
Originally produced on Broadway in 1945, the story of Carousel is based on Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play Liliom, a dark allegory set in Budapest. Rodgers and Hammerstein were asked to adapt the script into a musical following the success of Oklahoma! The two were put off by the plays original setting in Hungary and the dark story centered on an anti-hero, who takes his own life. In a brilliant move, they changed the stories setting to a carnival in a coastal New England town, to make for better musical numbers and a brighter story.
The play follows two lovers in 1870s Maine. When a mill worker, Julie Jordan, locks eyes with the carousel’s barker, Billy Bigelow, they experience love at first sight. After a complex courtship, filled with a host of opinions from the surrounding townspeople, Billy and Julie elope. As there young marriage is tested by the stress of unemployment, the pair begin to fall apart. Strapped for cash and with a baby on the way, Billy becomes involved in a robbery, which goes awry. He accidentally stabs himself with his own knife. After fifteen years pass, Billy is given the chance to return to earth an make amends with the daughter he never knew.
Carousel has become one of the most well known musical of all time over the past fifty plus years. It is famous for songs like “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” In its original incarnation, it ran from 890 performances. Since then it has enjoyed countless revivals and even been made into a TV movie. The 1994 revival, in particular, garnered countless awards including five Tony Awards.
Don’t miss the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that the New York Daily Mirror called, “Beautiful, bountiful and beguiling.” Performances of Carousel at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre are Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets for this Indianapolis theatre event range from $25.00 to $32.00. There will be an ASL interpreted performance on Saturday, March 27 at 8:00 pm.
Make your outing in Indy complete. After a trip to this Indianapolis performing arts venue, head to Indianapolis downtown for dinner and drinks. With a myriad of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars in the Circle City, it is easy to find what you crave. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts, Indianapolis sports and more.