June is Bustin’ Out Early this Year

Carousel souvenir program, 1945

Carousel program, 1945, from the NYPL Digital Gallery

PBS will be airing the New York Philharmonic‘s performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s 1945 musical Carousel this Friday at 9pm.  (Check your local listings.)

I think I’ve said before that I’m not necessarily a huge musical fan, but Time did call Carousel the best musical of the 20th century, so might have to give it a shot…  Besides, NYPhil + a cast drawing from the opera and musical worlds sounds like as good a way to see it as any.

If you want to read up on it before Friday, NYPL’s Digital Gallery has the full 1945 program available online (just click through the pages at the top right, where it says “View Image Set”), so you can hear all about it from the horse’s mouth.  As you can imagine, NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts is an outstanding resource for Broadway history…