Sunday, May 17, 2015

Erik Larson makes role debut at Billy Bigelow

Erik Larson as Billy Bigelow
We first met Erik Larson busting out of his pants two years ago and we instantly fell so in love with the Midwestern barihunk. Now he's singing "So In Love" for the first time ever as Billy Bigelow in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Carousel. It's is role debut and it played for two nights at the Middleton Players Theatre in Wisconsin. He'll also sing the beautiful Soliloquy, which is one of the most famous baritone arias from a Broadway musical 

Gordon McRae sings Soliloquy from Carousel:

Known as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s favorite of all their collaborations, Carousel tells the beautiful and heartwrenching story of a young woman who falls in love with a roustabout carnival barker. Carousel is based on Ferenc Molnár's Hungarian-language drama, Liliom, which premiered in Budapest in 1909. Except for the ending, the plots of Liliom and Carousel are very similar.

Famous interpreters of Billy Bigelow have included John Raitt, Gordon MacRae, Stephen Douglass, Robert Goulet, Nathan Gunn, Bruce Yarnell, Michael Hayden, Howard Keel and Patrick Wilson.


  1. Don't forget that another Barihunk Nathan Gunn did it at Lincoln Center!

  2. Erik Larson is beautiful inside and out.

  3. Is Erik really singing Cole Porter's "So in Love" from KISS ME, KATE during R & H's CAROUSEL? In the Act II Gala Sequence, perhaps? Were you maybe thinking of "If I Loved You"?

  4. What Dale just said! "So in Love" isn't Carousel or R&H and If Eric is doing Carousel he'd damn well better not bring Cole Porter into it.