It’s Double Take December at Musical Cyberspace! Every musical pretty much has something one likes and something one doesn’t in it. This month I’ll be listing one of each for a range of musicals, a different one each day.
Something I Like: I love the story, and the fact of the matter is that Bob Merrill and Michael Stewart’s Carnival is a very pleasant show, with moments that are simply enchanting. I like that Jerry Orbach was in the original cast, a perfect piece of casting. I would have loved to see the Encores! concert production with Anne Hathaway and it might have been interesting to see her in a film of the show when she was age appropriate for the part.
Something I Don’t Like: I’m not convinced that I find the show as moving as Lili, its inspiration. I am also not aure that I like the title: it’s a change like that from Liliom to Carousel, but without the gained symbolism and resonance.
Feel free to share your “double take” on Carnival in the comment box!