Starting today, the Lucille Lortel Theatre will premiere a carefully revised version of the musical adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie, which debuted in 1988 and was never seriously attempted again. Infamous for being one of the worst theatrical productions to ever debut on Broadway, the piece has been looked over and rewritten to try to give the story, which deals with a girl being continually bullied and using her telekinetic powers to seek revenge, a second chance at resonating on the stage. The team behind this revival; bookwriter Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the film of the same name), Academy Award-winning composer Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and Academy Award-winning lyricist Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose), hope that their vision of making the work more theatrical and cathartic comes to life this time.
With Molly Ranson (Jerusalem, August: Osage County) as Carrie White and Tony-nominee Marin Mazzie (Next to Normal, Ragtime) as her religious and controlling mother, this brave attempt at fixing a trainwreck is quickly becoming one of the most-talked about theater events of the season. Hopefully, this time around, Carrie will finally get the sympathy, and attention, she deserves.