Thursday, September 20, 2012
An Extra CAROUSEL Ride
Did you see the Forrest Gump remake, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett? Time itself practically becomes a character in that 2008 fantasy. It's fitting and quite imaginative to have the circular representation of clocks seen throughout the story. To have one important character appearing in the original Broadcast cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel was pretty clever. That play carried on the circular motif. Today, if you mention Shirley Jones to most fans, they'd say "The Partridge Family!" When I was a kid, thanks to network broadcasts, a lot of us knew that she was queen of movie musicals and an Oscar winning actress before she became a sitcom mom. Carousel was one of her A-list musicals. Gordon MacRae starred and sang opposite her in the 1956 version of the Broadway classic. They'd reteamed after starring in 1955's Oklahoma! That was another movie based on a hit Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway musical. Henry King, versatile director of Oscar winners The Song of Bernadette and Twelve O'Clock High, deftly directed Carousel.