Carousel / O.B.C.
- Featured: Rodgers & Hammerstein
- Release Date: 6/14/1994
Carousel may have been one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's least popular shows at the time, but it's now considered one of the duo's most compelling offerings, and there are plenty of good recordings to choose from. Nicholas Hytner's much-praised production originated in London (with a cast album available on RCA/Victor) before successfully opening at Lincoln Center in New York. The CD's nicely illustrated booklet gives a fair idea of Bob Crowley's spectacular sets and costumes, which went a long way in helping Hytner reinvent the show (he got rid of "The Highest Judge of All," for instance). The American cast (only Michael Hayden's Billy Bigelow appeared in both cities) is as good as it gets, with special kudos going to Audra McDonald and her heavenly "Mister Snow." The original recording may have historical value, but this one's artistically and vocally top-notch.
|Title:||Carousel / O.B.C.|
|Composers:||Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers|
|Orchestras:||Carousel Pit Orchestra|
|Performers:||Alexia Hess, Alexies S nchez, Alicia Edelberg, Ashley Horne, Audra McDonald, Barry Finclair, Belinda Whitney-Barratt, Beth Robinson, Beverly Lauridsen, Beverly Lauridson, Blair Lawhead, Brian d'Arcy James, Bruce Rogers, Cece Cortes, Charles Libove, Charles Wilson, Christoph Franzgrote, Christopher Costanzi, Cindy Robinson, Dana Stackpole, Daryl Shaw, Dave Bargeron, David Barjeron, David Nadien, Devin Richards, Dick Sarpolo, Diva Goodfriend-Koven, Duane Boutt, Duane Boutté, Ed Neumeister, Eddie Borbich, Eddie Korbich, Eileen Folson, Endalyn Taylor Shellman, Ethan Bauch, Fisher Stevens, Gerald Tarack, Glenn Harris, Harry Zaratzian, Heidi Stubner, Janet Lantz, Janine Kam-Lal, Jeff Weiss, Jeffrey James, Jeffrey Weiss, John Beal, John Dexter, John Frosk, John Spencer, Jon Marshall Sharp, Joshua Siegel, Joyce Flissler, Joyce Hammann, Judson Griffin, Kate Buddeke, Keri Lee, Lacey Hornkohl, Lauren Ward, Lawrence Goldberg, Linda Gabler, Lovette George, Lyn Nagel, Martha Mott-Gale, Matthew Raimondi, Matthias Naegele, Maura Giannini, Maxine Neuman, Michael Hayden, Michael O'Donnell, Mike Hayden, Natascia Diaz, Paul Riggio, Paula Newsome, Philipp Lee Carabuena, Rebecca Eichenberger, Richard E. Spencer, Richard Henrickson, Richard Sarpola, Robert Breuler, Robert Cary, Robert Lawrence, Rocker Verastique, Sally Murphy, Sandra Brown, Sarah Adams, Shirley Verrett, Steve Ochoa, Steven Ochoa, Sue Evans, Susan Lorentsen, Suzanne Bass, Suzanne Ornstein, Taye Diggs, Tiffany Sampson, Toby Appel, Tony Capone, Tse-Mach Washington, Virgil Blackwell, William Ellison|