Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, A Concert


Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, A Concert

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  5w, 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 Choreography 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, redemption and the power of love.

Image: 1994 Lincoln Center Theater Production (Joan Marcus)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, A Concert

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5w, 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, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, Billy takes his own life and is sent “up there.” He is allowed to return to earth for one day 15 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. Billy instills a sense of hope and dignity in both the child and her mother in 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.
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

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.

  • Time Period 19th Century
  • Setting Dependent upon manner of staging. Carousel takes place in New England, 1873-88.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


Music Samples

Carousel, A Concert utilizes the music materials from the Full Orchestration of Carousel.

Flute 1 (Doubling Piccolo) 
Flute 2 (Doubling Piccolo) 
Oboe (Doubling English Horn) 
Clarinet 1  
Clarinet 2 
Bassoon (Optional Bass Clarinet) 
Horn 1 
Horn 2 
Horn 3 
Trumpet 1 
Trumpet 2 
Trombone 1 
Trombone 2 
Trombone 3 
Violin 1 (Divisi) 
Violin 2 (Divisi) 
Viola (Divisi) 
Cello (Divisi) 
String Synthesizer 1&2 (There are two separate Synthesizer String Books which contain all of the Violin, Viola and Cello parts formatted to be played by two different keyboard players. These books are intended to be utilized to augment and enrich your live string section.)  

Percussion Breakdown: Trap Set, Timpani, Triangle, Bells, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Wood Block, Tambourine  

N.B. The BASS CLARINET part in the BASSOON book has been double lined for BASSOON, if a doubler or an additional player is not available.  
TROMBONE 1, TROMBONE 2 and TROMBONE 3 are all Tenor Trombones.  
The HARP part may be played on a synthesizer with a harp patch if a real harp is not available, but the HARP part is essential cannot be omitted. 
The Percussion book is written to be played by one percussionist, with the exception of “The Carousel Waltz” which can be played by either one, two or three percussionists.  
The original string breakdown was 5 Violin 1, 4 Violin 2, 4 Viola, 3 Cello and 2 Bass.  
  • Musical Style Classic Broadway, Operetta
  • Dance Requirements Difficult
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size X-Large
  • Chorus Size Medium

Licensing & Materials

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: There are multiple versions of this title. Before you proceed, please double-check to ensure that you are applying for the version you want. We will not be able to refund rental or shipping fees if you pay for the wrong version. If you’re not sure which version best suits your needs, you may purchase a perusal for each available version.

Music Rentals

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Carousel, A Concert utilizes the Full Orchestration of the standard stage version of Carousel, with the addition of a Libretto specifically adapted for concert performances.

Full Package:

25 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
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 Full Score (Act 1)
1 Full Score (Act 2)
1 Logo Pack


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Richard Rodgers

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Oscar Hammerstein II

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Tom Briggs

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