One of the things I anticipated most before seeing Reprise’s “Carousel” was hearing the crew belt out “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over.” It lived up to my hype.

“Carousel” is the story of young love between a shy millworker and a handsome carousel worker that takes a turn for the worst. In 1945, when it debuted on Broadway, it was labeled innovative for its time, as it was one of the first musicals with a tragic finale.

Without giving too much away, “Carousel” is also interesting in that it deals with spousal abuse and social class. Though heavy and at times dark, the female leads, Julie Jordan and Carrie Pipperidge, played by Alexandra Silber and Jane Noseworthy respectively, are absolutely delightful to watch. Their voices are heavenly, and their naturally sweet interaction is that of BFFs.

With music, book and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Carousel” was chosen by Time Magazine as the best musical of the 20th century. The songs are sensational, especially the aforementioned “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Another highlight of this production is the character of Enoch Snow (Andy Taylor), the older, more stable, funnier looking suitor, as compared to the lead, bad boy Billy Bigelow. And you’ll immediately recognize the Narrator as M. Emmet Walsh, most recently seen in Youth in Revolt.