Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, A Concert


Full Length Musical, Drama  /  5f, 5m

Music by Richard Rodgers / Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II / Based on the Play LILIOM by Ferenc Molnar as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer / Original Dances by Agnes de Mille / Adapted by Tom Briggs

Billy Bigelow, a swaggering, carefree carnival barker, falls in love with and marries the sweet but naive Julie Jordan. A stunning tale of hope, redemtion, and the power of love.

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, A Concert
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 5m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favourite.


Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.



  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


The scenic elements you use in your concert performance of Carousel will be determined by the manner in which you choose to stage your production. Carousel takes place on the New England Coast between 1873 and 1888.

Specific Locations:
An Amusement Park on the New England Coast
A Tree-lined Path along the Shore
Nettie Fowler's Spa on the Ocean
Front On an Island across the Bay
Mainland Waterfront Up There (Heaven)
A Beach Outside Julie's Cottage
Outside a Schoolhouse


5f, 5m
Cast Attributes
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
3 Women
3 Men

2 Women
2 Men

Large singing-dancing ensemble with Townspeople, Amusement Park Carnies, Youngsters and Seafaring Men

Carrie Pipperidge
Julie Jordan
Mrs. Mullin
Billy Bigelow
1st Policeman
David Bascombe
Nettie Fowler
Enoch Snow
Jigger Craigin
2nd Policeman
1st Heavenly Friend (Brother Joshua)
2nd Heavenly Friend
Carnival Boy
Enoch Snow, Jr.
Dr. Seldon
Townspeople, Amusement Park Carnies, Youngsters, and Seafaring Men
Casting Notes

In this show, the race of the characters is not pivotal to the plot. We encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion in your casting choices.


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Operetta
  • Dance Requirements: Difficult
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: X-Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium
Orchestration - (33 Books)
1 – Trumpet II
1 – Partitur Act I
1 – Partitur Act II
1 – Trombone I
1 – Trombone II
1 – Trombone III
1 – Tuba
2 – Percussion
1 – Harp
5 – Violin I (Divisi)
2 – Violin II (Divisi)
2 – Viola (Divisi)
2 – Cello
1 – Bass
1 – Flute I (Doubling Piccolo)
1 – Flute II (Doubling Piccolo)
1 – Oboe (Doubling English Horn)
1 – Clarinet I
1 – Clarinet II
1 – Bassoon (Optional Bass Clarinet)
1 – Horn I
1 – Horn II
1 – Horn III
1 – Trumpet II
1 – Piano Vocal Score


Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package:
25 Libretto-Vocal Books
1 Piano-Vocal
1 Flute 1
1 Flute 2
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet 1
1 Clarinet 2
1 Bassoon
1 Horn 1
1 Horn 2
1 Horn 3
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 2
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Trombone 3
1 Tuba
1 Percussion
1 Harp
2 Violin 1
2 Violin 2
2 Viola
2 Cello
1 Bass
1 Logo Pack

Piano Only
25 Libretto-Vocal Books
1 Piano-Vocal
1 Logo Pack

A full score is available for an additional fee. Please contact your licensing representative for additional information.

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Music Samples



Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers' contribution to the musical theatre of his day was extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theatre of today and tomorrow is legendary. His career spanned more than six decades, his hits ranging from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, London an ...

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Oscar Hammerstein II

Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City. His father, William, was a theatre manager and for many years director of Hammerstein's Victoria, the most popular vaudeville theatre of its day. His uncle, Arthur Hammerstein, was a successful Broadway producer and his grandfather, Os ...

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Ferenc Molnar

Ferenc Molnar (1878-1952), Hungarian playwright and novelist, was born in Budapest. Several of his plays were presented on the New York City stage, and all were successes, including THE GUARDSMAN, LILLIOM, THE SWAN, THE GLASS SLIPPER and THE PLAY'S THE THING. In 1928, English translations of his twenty-five plays we ...

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Benjamin F. Glazer

Benjamin Glazer (1888 - 1956) won two Oscars for his screenplays SEVENTH HEAVEN and ARISE MY LOVE. One of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a lifetime member, Glazer was once a producer of early Bing Crosby musicals at Paramount Studios including WE'RE NOT DRESSING, which he also wr ...

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Agnes de Mille

Although Agnes de Mille seemed destined to perform on Broadway, since her paternal grandfather, father, and uncle, Cecil B. de Mille, were all successful writers and actors involved in the theater, she avoided the easy path to Great White Way. Instead, she struggled in obscurity and poverty, courageously pursuing a ...

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Tom Briggs

Director of The R&H Theater Library (precursor to R&H Theatricals) for over a dozen years, Tom began his love affair with R&H as a youngster in Wisconsin, appearing in productions of Oklahoma! South Pacific and Carousel. His years as a young adult found him singing and dancing ...

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