March 23, 2023

Episode 101: Round In Circles — The Story of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL, part 3

Episode 101: Round In Circles — The Story of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL, part 3

With author Barry Kester

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This is the third and final part of my conversation with author, Barry Kester whose new book is titled, Round In Circles — The Story of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL.

(If you missed either of the previous two episodes you may want to catch up with those before listening to this one. )

First we focus on Carousel’s most famous song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and explore the extraordinary impact it’s had on the world. Then Barry and I discuss the movie version of Carousel, including why many people view it as the least successful of the Rodgers & Hammerstein film adaptations. We also discuss the groundbreaking 1993 UK National Theatre production that transferred to Broadway and introduced and revitalized the show for a new generation of fans, including Barry Kester who became so enamored by the musical that eventually he wrote this book about it.  Finally, we also delve intoCarousel's difficult and controversial subject matter that often makes it challenging to stage in the 21st Century.

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