Carousel (A Dance)

Choreography by: Christopher Wheeldon

Music by: Richard Rodgers, arranged and orchestrated by William David Brohn

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Credits

Music
"Carousel Waltz", "If I Loved You" (1945)
Premiere
November 26, 2002, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Alexandra Ansanelli, Damian Woetzel

Length
15 Min.
Costumes by
Holly Hynes
Lighting by
Mark Stanley

Wheeldon's charming distillation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic Carousel recalls the innocent romance and thrilling drama of the Broadway production.

In 2002, New York City Ballet devoted its Opening Night performance to the music of Richard Rodgers, to honor the composer’s centennial. For his contribution to the program, Christopher Wheeldon used an arrangement of Rodgers’ “The Carousel Waltz” and “If I Loved You” from the 1945 musical Carousel; the ballet is a distillation of Carousel’s central romance, and it is evocative of the “dream ballets” found in many musicals of that era.