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Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical 'Carousel' at UW Nov. 29


November 22, 2011 — The University of Wyoming Musical Theatre Workshop will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical "Carousel" for one night only at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the UW College of Education auditorium.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for students, $10 for the public and $25 for families (up to two parents/guardians and four children under age 18). Patrick Newell directs the production.

First produced in 1945, "Carousel" follows brash carnival barker Billy Bigelow and his bride, mill worker Julie Jordan, on a journey that spans both heaven and Earth in its exploration of love, human frailty and redemption.

Named the best American musical of the 20th century by Time magazine, "Carousel" broke the mold with its gritty and courageous look at relationships. It features the well-known songs "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone." Composer Richard Rodgers deemed the score his personal favorite of the many he created.

"Carousel," which had its premiere on Broadway in 1945 to rave reviews, ran for 890 performances and was made into a film in 1956. The 1994 Broadway revival won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards.

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