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Carousel is Five-Star Phenomenal! 12

Published: 12 August 2021

The reviews are in for Carousel, and, as Time Out puts it - it is five-starPHENOMENAL”. “A brave and powerful production, You’ll Never Walk Alone, sung beautifully by Joanna Riding, remains a thing of pure majesty”.

The show “glitters with STAND-OUT PERFORMANCES” (Culture Whisper), and “Declan Bennett (Billy Bigelow) and Carly Bawden (Julie Jordan) are SENSATIONAL” (Broadway World)

“Some of the most beautiful music ever composed, Tom Deering’s re-orchestrations retain its SOARING MELODIC BEAUTY” (WhatsOnStage)

“A tough, radical reinterpretation, the staging is crammed with texture. Drew McOnie’s intricately EXPRESSIVE CHOREOGRAPHY wordlessly sketches generations of struggle” (The i)

Christina Modestou is a comic force as Carrie, John Pfumojena brings zeal to Enoch’s grand plans and Natasha May-Thomas makes a dynamic stage debut as Louise” (The Daily Telegraph)

“It’s wonderful to see how a classic show can be reckoned with and reframed. Spectacular but unsweetened, for the harsh here-and-now” (The Stage)

“Outstanding…inspired musical rearrangements. A show so potent with a sense of its own mission. I don’t think I ever fully felt the meaning of You’ll Never Walk Alone until Joanna Riding started singing it here unaccompanied in this ADVENTUROUS, BEGUILING, RESONANT REINVENTION” (The Times)

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