“Carousel” Insights

Insights into “Carousel” from the Dramaturgy Department.

“This Was a Real Nice Clambake”

“This Was a Real Nice Clambake”

By Janine Sobeck, Dramaturg The beginning of Act II of Carousel starts with these lyrics: Oh, this was a real nice clambake, We’re mighty glad we came. The vittles we et Were good, you bet, The company was the same. Our hearts are warm, our bellies are full, And we are feeling prime. This was a real nice clambake, And we all had a real good time. Clambakes are one of New England’s most beloved traditions. Clambakes celebrated not only all the delicious seafood found along the New England coastline, but the beauty of nature.  It was a time for the community to gather...

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Setting: the New England Coast

Setting: the New England Coast

When Rodgers and Hammerstein started to adapt the play “Liliom” into the musical “Carousel,” one of the first things they did was change the setting. “Liliom,” written by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár, was set in Budapest, but R&H wanted to find a setting that both they — and their American audience — could connect with.

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The Makers of “Carousel”

The Makers of “Carousel”

By Janine Sobeck, Dramaturg Theatre lovers and historians are probably aware of the fact that Rodgers and Hammerstein forever changed the world of musical theater when they wrote Oklahoma!. Instead of following the traditional musical structure of a story with unrelated or unconnected musical numbers interspersed throughout the night, Rodgers and Hammerstein created a revolution by integrating the music and the dancing into the storyline. The success of the Broadway production was so large, that Sam Goldwyn, the head of MGM Studios, reportedly told Rodgers to shoot himself because they would...

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Welcome to the World of ‘Carousel’

Welcome to the World of ‘Carousel’

by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg
Welcome to Carousel Insights, the section of the Utah Rep webpage that is dedicated to giving you background and insider information about our current production.

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