Music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on "Liliom" by Ferenc Molnar, adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer.
Majestic Theatre, New York - 19 April, 1945 (890 perfs)
with John Raitt (Billy) and Jan Clayton (Julie).
Opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, 7 June 1950 with Stephen Douglass and Iva Withers.
A film version was produced by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1956 with Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.
From the magical evocation of the carousel in the overture to the majestic and moving strains of the immortal "You'll Never Walk Alone", this giant of the musical stage remains timeless and starbright. The poignant story of the faithful Julie and her brutish husband Billy is one of the most powerful books of the musical theatre and perfectly matches its extraordinary score. Recently revived by the Royal National Theatre to immense critical acclaim. Famous songs include "Mister Snow", "If I Loved You", "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "When The Children Are Asleep".
Billy Bigelow asks for permission to be sent down "from above" for one day to try and make amends for mistakes he made in life. Billy worked at the carnival as a carousel barker, which is where he met Julie. The carousel owner, Mrs. Mullin, fired him because of jealousy, and he and Julie got married. Billy got into bad habits when he couldn't find a job and they were forced to live with Julie's cousin Nettie after Julie was fired from her factory job for staying out late with Billy. When Julie told him she was pregnant, he felt compelled to somehow find a way to support his family, but the only option seemed to be falling back into crime with his old pal Jigger.
Carrie Pipperidge - Rosie Harper
Julie Jordan - Laura Evans
Mrs Mullin - Maria Shee
Billy Bigelow - Tye Harris
Policeman 1 - Alastair Norton
David Bascombe - Dom Napier
Nettle Fowler - Sheila Wood
Enoch Snow - John Sheard
Jigger Craigin - Simon Hodson
Captain - Ken Wood
Policeman 2 - Marcus Perry
Heavenly Friend (Brother Joshua) - Alf Rai
Starkeeper/Dr Seldon - Roger Stokes
Louise - Lizzy Bowers
Carnival Boy - Shivinder Ahluwalia-Timmins
Enoch Snow Jr - Luke Bennett
(Tuesday, Wednesday Matinee, Thursday and Saturday Evening performances)
Enoch Snow Jr - Jack Harrison
(Wednesday Evening, Friday and Saturday Matinee performances)
Angie Astell, Lexie Bennett, Lucy Bodenham, Lizzy Bowers, Teresa Castle, Dawn Corfield, Emily Corfield, Heather Cullwick, Jodie Evans, Laura Evans, Ellie Farmer, Lisa Farmer, Rosie Harper, Grace Kendrick, Michelle Key, Emily Leadbetter, Alison Norton, Charlotte Oakes, Hannah O'Connor, Hazel Osgerby, Nikki Rai, Maria Shee, Pam Shee, Alison Southall, Anne Stokes, Helen Stone, Samantha Walker, Kate Webber, Joyce Wilson, Sheila Wood.
NON ACTING MEMBERS
Beth Berwick-Lowe, Veronica Bould, Sue Evans, Joanne Fahy, Katy Hull, Mary James, Abi Merrick, Varangian Norton, Peter Pingree, Richard Probert, Mike Thomas, Margaret Thurgur.
Luke Bennett, Emily Castle, Emily Daniel, Bethany Eades, Katie Harrison, Jack Harrison, Tom Harrison, Leyla-Daisy Hull, Fiona Winning.
JUNIOR NON ACTING MEMBERS
Max Castle, George Mills, Ellena Southall.