From March 18 until March 27, 2013, an enchanting and beloved musical will be performed on a Parisian stage. The musical is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, and it will be featured at the Théâtre du Châtelet, located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris — just like the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal. As a result, guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can easily stop by the theater and catch a show during their stay in Paris.
Well-known by American audiences, the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein have also found an international fan base as well. Shows like Carousel are often performed by theater companies from various countries. In this case, the show will be performed by the Opera North company of Leeds, England. They originally performed this show in their region last year, and now they have taken the show on the road. At the Théâtre du Châtelet, Carousel will be performed in English with French subtitles.
The lively musical is actually an adaptation of a Hungarian play called Liliom, written by Ferenc Molnár. In their version, Rodgers and Hammerstein transport the action to New England at the end of the 19th century. The story reveals the conflicted love between a man who runs a carousel and a young millworker, known for her innocence. The audience experiences the joys and turmoil of their love, as well as the powerful bonds of family and friendship. The magic of Carousel lies not only in the intricate yet classic story but also in the sincere sentiment behind the words and actions of the characters.
Even those who have not seen Carousel may recognize some of the songs from the musical, as they have made their way into the public consciousness over the years. In this way, audiences can enjoy classic songs such as ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Soliloquy,’ which has been interpreted by Frank Sinatra. Those looking for a show to see in Paris should not miss this chance to experience one of the most well-known musicals ever created.