Published March 20, 1994


Carousel with Michael Hayden, Sally Murphy, Sandra Brown, and John Marshall Sharp (3/20/94)



This landmark revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein was imported from The Royal National Theatre in London with Nicholas Hytner directing again, this time with all American cast. The production allowed audiences to see beyond the corn-fed goodness of what many thought Rodgers and Hammerstein was all about. This production revealed a darker side to the story that deepened the emotions of the musical. It also introduced many to charm and substantial gifts of Audra McDonald who played Carrie Pipperidge (but who was not included in the drawing). Hirschfeld was lukewarm about the show, and when Dolly Haas fell asleep during the performance, his sense of irony knew it was going to be a hit, and it was.

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