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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2003 11:56 pm 
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Carousel - Churchill Theatre, Bromley
By By James Green for The Stage


This musical written more than 50 years ago was Richard Rodgers' favourite among all his triumphs. Set in another century there is no reason why it should not succeed for the next 50 years. The fact it has collected 18 awards in New York and London highlights its stage pedigree.

What we now have is a new production which – with a break for panto – will tour until May. And if the cast can continue with the same enthusiasm a box office success is assured.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 2:57 am 
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Carousel, Playhouse, Edinburgh
By KEITH BRUCE for The Herald


If I pretended to understand fully how the allocation of performing rights are, er, allocated, I would be, well, pretending. But it seems to me we might be better served if producers Martin Dodd and Peter Frosdick of UK Productions got out of the way and let others get on with the job.
Foisting soap "stars" on us in roles for which they are ill-equipped as young talented folk run about daft covering their deficiencies is scarcely the best way to preserve a show.

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By STRUAN MACKENZIE

THIS lavish run of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s near 60-year-old musical will undoubtedly divide audiences.

On the one hand, the acting, singing, choreography (from everyone’s favourite jungle-dwelling dance-meister Wayne Sleep) and set design are faultless, beautiful and arresting.

On the other hand, it’s still a story about a carnival worker who beats up his wife then finds redemption because, deep down, he still loves her really.

The question is whether such a horrendously dated conceit can still sit comfortably and happily next to the discerning modern theatregoer.

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