Carousel [1994 Broadway Revival Cast]

Carousel [1994 Broadway Revival Cast]



When director Nicholas Hytner brought a version of his Royal National Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel to Broadway, opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center on March 24, 1994, he was rewarded with favorable reviews, five Tony Awards (the most for any musical that season), and a run of 337 performances. But the revival did not go without criticism. While reviewers applauded Hytner's gritty interpretation and imaginative staging, they were relatively unimpressed with the cast's vocal abilities. Bringing only male lead Michael Hayden (as Billy Bigelow) over from London, Hytner seemed to have been more interested in characterization than singing, and it was notable that, of those five Tonys, only one went to a performer. When you also consider that the London production had already produced a cast album of its own, the prospects for the inevitable Broadway cast album were somewhat dimmed. On the whole, it isn't as good as the London version, and you can hear what the reviewers were complaining about. Prominent female singers Sally Murphy (Julie Jordan) and Shirley Verrett (Nettie Fowler) are fine, but the men are less adequate. Hayden and Duane Boutté (Enoch Snow Jr.) manage, but Fisher Stevens (Jigger Craigin), has no singing voice to speak of and growls through his part. The saving grace of the album, as it was the strongest element of the production, is the startling debut of Audra Ann McDonald (she later dropped the "Ann"), the show's sole Tony-winning performer. The casting of the African-American McDonald as New Englander Carrie Pipperidge may have been unrealistic (or, as the politically correct prefer, "nontraditional"), but she proved a remarkable singer and a magnetic stage presence. This album is worth having for her singing alone, even if she vastly outshines the rest of her fellow singers.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/1994
Label: Angel Records
UPC: 0724355519924
catalogNumber: 55199

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Nadien   Violin
Charles Wilson   Reeds
Sue Evans   Percussion
Dave Bargeron   Trombone
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
John Beal   Bass,Upright Bass
Virgil Blackwell   Reeds
Alicia Edelberg   Violin
Barry Finclair   Violin
Joyce Flissler   Violin
Eileen Folson   Cello
John Frosk   Trumpet
Gerald Tarack   Violin
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Mike Hayden   Track Performer
Richard Henrickson   Violin
Jeffrey James   Vocals
Beverly Lauridsen   Cello
Robert Lawrence   Violin
Charles Libove   Violin
Maxine Neuman   Cello
Ed Neumeister   Trombone
Michael O'Donnell   Vocals
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Paul Riggio   Horn
Cindy Robinson   Vocals
Bruce Rogers   Cello
Dick Sarpolo   Bass,Upright Bass
Daryl Shaw   Trumpet
Heidi Stubner   Violin
Harry Zaratzian   Viola
William Ellison   Bass,Upright Bass
Christoph Franzgrote   Violin
John Spencer   Viola
Jon Marshall Sharp   Vocals
Sarah Adams   Viola
David Barjeron   Trombone
Suzanne Bass   Cello
Maura Giannini   Violin
John Dexter   Viola
Ethan Bauch   Reeds
Eric Stern   Conductor
Beth Robinson   Harp
Jeffrey Weiss   Vocals
Toby Appel   Viola
Taye Diggs   Vocals,Voices
Janine Kam-Lal   Violin
Eddie Korbich   Track Performer
Beverly Lauridson   Cello
Blair Lawhead   Violin
Rocker Verastique   Vocals
Shirley Verrett   Vocals,Track Performer
Steve Ochoa   Vocals
Audra McDonald   Vocals
Robert Cary   Vocals
Alexia Hess   Vocals
Ashley Horne   Violin
Sally Murphy   Vocals,Track Performer
Kate Buddeke   Vocals
Robert Breuler   Vocals,Track Performer
Fisher Stevens   Vocals,Track Performer
Rebecca Eichenberger   Vocals
Brian d'Arcy James   Vocals
Lauren Ward   Vocals,Track Performer
Sandra Brown   Vocals
Duane Boutté   Vocals,Track Performer
Lovette George   Vocals,Track Performer
Lawrence Goldberg   Keyboards
Christopher Costanzi   Horn
Janet Lantz   Horn
Charles Wilson   Reed Trumpet
Joshua Siegel   Reeds
Richard Sarpola   Bass
Matthias Naegele   Cello
Judson Griffin   Viola
Susan Lorentsen   Violin
Martha Mott-Gale   Violin
Richard E. Spencer   Viola
Endalyn Taylor Shellman   Vocals
Paula Newsome   Vocals
Tony Capone   Vocals
Dana Stackpole   Vocals
Natascia Diaz   Vocals
Devin Richards   Vocals
Glenn Harris   Vocals
Diva Goodfriend-Koven   Reeds
Keri Lee   Vocals
Michael Hayden   Vocals
Linda Gabler   Vocals
Carousel Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jeff Weiss   Vocals
Eddie Borbich   Vocals
Cece Cortes   Vocals
Alexies Sânchez   Vocals
Philipp Lee Carabuena   Vocals
Lyn Nagel   Vocals
Lacey Hornkohl   Vocals
Tse-Mach Washington   Vocals
Tiffany Sampson   Vocals
Steven Ochoa   Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
William David Brohn   Orchestration
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist,Book
Roy Hendrickson   Engineering
Jay Landers   Producer
Joe Moss   Engineer
Joel Moss   Engineering
Bruce Samuels   Sound Design
Tony McAnany   Producer
Hans Spialek   Orchestration
Eric Stern   Music Direction
Jay Barbieri   Art Direction
James McMullan   Cover Art
Lysbeth McAleer   Art Direction,Assistant Art Director
Ethan Mordden   Liner Notes
David Brohm   Orchestration
Don Walker   Orchestration
Nicholas Hytner   Stage Direction

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Carousel [1994 Broadway Revival Cast] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My community's production of ''Carousel'' just closed five days ago; I played Louise, Billy Bigelow's daughter. I have come to know and love this music well, and it will always have a special place in my heart. The 1994 Broadway Revival CD is probably the best recording because it includes every piece except ''The Highest Judge of All'' (which is often cut and was cut from our production). This version is unique because it includes Louise's ballet and Geraniums in the Winder. Other recordings cut numbers such as ''Blow High Blow Low'' and the ''Mister Snow Reprise'' which give the show a positive mental lift; ''Carousel'', while in my opinion is the most beautiful and touching Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration (with gorgeous music), is a rather dark musical that deals with touchy subjects such as domestic violence and suicide (if produced the original way Rodgers and Hammerstein intended it). Some numbers that are often cut give the show the lighter edge a typical musical has. This is a great album that stays loyal to an incredible musical.
Operafan48 More than 1 year ago
Although I would give the edge to the previous London Cast Revival recording of the same production, this Lincoln Center presentation of Nicholas Hytner's stunning reworking of Rodgers and Hammertein's immortal masterpiece is nearly as good on CD. As with the previous disc, the orchestrations triumph over the voices with the exception of Audra McDonald's magnificent set of pipes. Michael Hayden's Billy Bigelow may not match John Raitt in the voice department but his portrayal comes across like gangbusters and his performance carries a conviction that makes his voice powerful despite some vocal limitations. You will probably never hear more touching renditions of "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone", two of the greatest songs in the Rodgers and Hammerstein canon. This is an essential disc to own.