Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel at Lyric is the most eagerly anticipated musical event of the spring season. This brand-new production is helmed by eminent director/choreographer Rob Ashford and features the Lyric debuts of conductor David Chase (a New York favorite and longtime collaborator of Ashford's) and artist Paolo Ventura as set designer, plus costumes from Catherine Zuber, the acclaimed designer who has won multiple Tony Awards and who costumed Ashford's delightful Barber of Seville in Lyric's 2013-14 season.
The behind-the-scenes talent is amazing, and the cast is astounding. Broadway favorite Steven Pasquale and two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes star as carousel barker Billy Bigelow and his beloved Julie Jordan. International operatic star Denyce Graves, known for her fiery interpretations of the title role in Bizet's Carmen, takes on her first full-length musical theater role as Nettie Fowler.
Carousel is on stage at Lyric from April 10 through May 3, and this page is your source for all of the behind-the-scenes info.
Click here to read a plot synopsis, director's note, and more
in the complete program book for Carousel.
Director Rob Ashford on Carousel
Articles with insights on the cast and creative team
Carousel by the numbers
Did you know that there are 890 lights in the onstage carousel in Carousel? Lyric's production of Carousel is one of the grandest spectacles ever to be seen at the Civic Opera House. Here are just a few of the numbers that make all of the onstage splendor possible. Don't miss your opportunity to see a program that the Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones gave a perfect four stars and says "has the smell of Broadway!" Catch this ride before it leaves Chicago on May 3. READ MORE
Which Carousel song are you?
Are you a swaggering sailor who dances a merry jig to "Blow High, Blow Low" all day long? Do you spontaneously exclaim that "June Is Bustin' Out All Over"? Or would you rather cry one single tear while belting out "You'll Never Walk Alone"? Find out which Carousel song best fits your personality with our brand-new quiz. READ MORE
Lyric Libations: Carousel
Get into the Carousel spirit—pun intended!—with these delightful cocktails inspired by your favorite characters and songs. These are the perfect drinks to have when the children are asleep. And no matter what Dr. Seldon says, it probably would be best to walk alone (and not drive alone) after having a few of these. READ MORE
Audiences are crazy for Carousel
You've read the great reviews. You've seen our fabulous stars on TV. Now hear directly from Carousel fans just like you why this amazing new production is the theater event of the season. Don't delay - the show must close May 3! READ MORE
Critics can't get enough of Carousel
Lyric's new production of Carousel is one of the most celebrated productions of the year. It's the toast of Chicago…and could it be the toast of New York? Hear what the critics have to say about this stunning production that's worthy of Broadway. Don't miss your chance to take a ride on this Carousel before it closes on May 3. READ MORE
Carousel is the talk of Chicago!
If the rave reviews weren't enough, the acclaimed cast and creative team ofCarousel are making their way around Chicago. They've been everywhere from WTTW to WGN Radio to Wrigley Field. Don't miss your chance to see this amazing production. This Carousel must move on May 3! READ MORE
Behind the music with Carousel conductor David Chase
Acclaimed Broadway conductor David Chase makes his Lyric debut leading the amazing cast, orchestra, and chorus in the brand-new production of Carousel. Read on to learn more about his long history with director/choreographer Rob Ashford, his circuitous path to conducting, and how his baton once flew out of his hand mid-performance! READ MORE
A Musical That Soars: Lyric's New Production of Carousel
Carousel is breathtaking. It has Richard Rodgers's most beautiful music, matched to equally glorious words by Oscar Hammerstein II. It's tragic, yes, but also, in the end, uplifting. And it explores depths of emotion that, back in the 1940s, Broadway musicals seldom, if ever, were able to achieve. READ MORE
Eight Reasons to Love our Carousel Stars
Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterpiece Carousel opens at Lyric on April 10, and the production is filled to the brim with Broadway talent. Here are just eight reasons (though eight could never be enough!) to love our amazing stars: Steven Pasquale, Laura Osnes, Jenn Gambatese, Matthew Hydzik, Denyce Graves, Jarrod Emick, Charlotte d'Amboise, and Tony Roberts. READ MORE
Carousel Comes to Lyric
Director Rob Ashford talks about the creative process for Carousel in this article from Lyric Opera News. "Every new production of a musical or opera has a unique journey to the stage but some, like Lyric's Carousel, are especially unusual. Five years ago director-choreographer Rob Ashford saw an exhibition in New York, 'Winter Stories,' by Italian artist Paolo Ventura. 'Part of it was set around a carnival,' Ashford recalls. 'It was so moving and beautiful. I was so captivated by it, I said, 'If I ever do Carousel, that is the person who must design it.'" READ MORE
Broadway at Lyric: Steven Pasquale and Laura Osnes tackle Carousel
Carousel is coming to Lyric April 10 through May 3—and its two leads are bringing a bit of the Great White Way to Wacker Drive. Steven Pasquale and Laura Osnes star as carousel barker Billy Bigelow and his true love, innocent millworker Julie Jordan. Pasquale most recently stole hearts starring in The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway opposite Kelli O'Hara, and he's currently playing the handsome and passionate campaign manager Johnny Elfman on CBS's The Good Wife. At just 29, Osnes is already a two-time Tony nominee, first for Bonnie and Clyde and then for the recent revival of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, and she is thrilled for this opportunity to "check another R&H heroine off my dream-role list." READ MORE
You asked, they answered! Q&A with the Carousel cast
The brand-new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel at Lyric Opera of Chicago is just about two weeks away! While you're counting down to our April 10 opening, be sure to read more about how the cast is preparing for their roles. Steven Pasquale, Laura Osnes, Jenn Gambatese, Matthew Hydzik, Denyce Graves, and Jarrod Emick all took a moment out of their incredibly busy rehearsal schedule to answer these questions from their social media followers. READ MORE
Meet Steven Pasquale – Lyric’s Billy Bigelow
Billy Bigelow is one of the most demanding roles in musical theater. Lyric's leading man Steven Pasquale has a long list of credits on stage and screen. You might recognize him from his current role on the CBS hit The Good Wife —here are three of our favorite Steven Pasquale moments from past projects including Rescue Me and the Tony-nominated musical The Bridges of Madison County. READ MORE
Denyce Graves Breaks All the Rules
Superstar mezzo Denyce Graves returns to Lyric for the first time since 2005 to star in Lyric's new production of Carousel. Joining Broadway star Steven Pasquale's Billy Bigelow, Graves anchors the cast as Nettie Fowler, who acts as a mother hen to the New England waterfront community depicted by Rodgers and Hammerstein. READ MORE
From Broadway to Lyric: Exploring musical theater
Carousel marks Lyric's third production in its American Musical Theater Initiative, following 2012-13's Oklahoma! and last season's The Sound of Music. General director Anthony Freud talks about the genesis of this project and how it is changing the face of the company in this article from the Porgy and Bess program book. READ MORE