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Carousel opens tomorrow at Wagner College Theatre

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"Carousel" opens at Wagner College Theatre's Main Stage tomorrow (April 23) and runs through May 4. The classic musical love story has endured for 68 years and was written to the strains of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's award-winning collaboration.

The musical production brings "audiences to the New England seaside, where a ride on the carousel changes Julie Jordan’s life forever. There, she meets Billy Bigelow, a swaggering carnival barker," adds today's Staten island Advance newspaper. For more about this production and how to purchase tickets visit http://www.silive.com.

"Based on the 1921 play “Liliom” by Ferenc Molnar, “Carousel” was hailed as “the best musical of the 20th century” by TIME Magazine, and is considered the first musical to combine dialogue and music seamlessly into one powerful dramatic scene." adds the article.

Classic tunes include “If I Loved You,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “June is Bustin’ Out All Over." Tickets range in price between $25 and $28. Wagner students with valid ID get in free.

For more information contact Wagner College Theatre at 718-390-3259 or boxoffice@wagner.edu. "Carousel" is directed by Drew Scott Harris, and the staging will feature choreography by 2001 Wagner alumnus Bret Shuford (Broadway’s “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang”), and musical direction by Dr. Lauri Young. "The original production of “Carousel” opened at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre on April 19, 1945, starring John Raitt and Jan Clayton. After running nearly 900 performances in New York, the show closed in 1947. It would continue to have a healthy life, however, in four revivals, including a much celebrated 1994 production that garnered five Tony Awards and launched the career of Audra McDonald as a major Broadway star. The musical was adapted for the screen in 1956 starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. Robert Goulet starred in a 1967 television production," added SI Live. So Staten Island arts fans, what are you waiting for, what goes around comes around, and "Carousel" is getting a revival on Wagner College's Main Stage.

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