Carrie The Musical Coming to LA

Jason McDonald

Yes.  Carrie.  The girl who flips her lid after getting doused with blood is getting her own musical production and it is coming to Los Angeles September 2013.  You can guarantee I’m buying a ticket the moment they go on sale.

Twenty-five years after its spellbinding debut shocked critics and audiences from Stratford to New York, CARRIE, the most legendary Broadway musical of all time, will arrive in Los Angeles for the first time this fall in a new audience immersive production.

Based on the classic horror novel by Stephen King, and featuring a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose), the Los Angeles debut of CARRIE will be directed by Brady Schwind and choreographed by Imara Quinonez, the award winning creative team behind the Los Angeles premiere productions of PARADE and THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA.

Schwind, the Artistic Director of the Transfer Theatre Group, spoke of the planned production. “From its infamous roots in the pantheon of terror, there has simply never been a musical that has held the public’s fascination more than CARRIE. It’s a musical I’ve always loved, and a musical I think many have longed to see in Southern California. I’m absolutely thrilled we will have the chance to present it, in a unique environmental staging, that we hope will illuminate both the horror and the soul at the heart of an extraordinary story, which has haunted imaginations for nearly forty years since its first publication.

One of the most beloved thrillers of all time, CARRIE spins a classic tale of bloodsport and revenge. A misfit at school, terrorized by her holier-than-thou mother at home, 17 year old Carrie White, nonetheless, has a secret. And when a prank at the high school prom goes horribly wrong, they’ll all find out how just how scary a secret can be…

The Los Angeles premiere of CARRIE will begin previews Friday, September 6, with an official opening Friday, September 13th. A strictly limited engagement, performances conclude Sunday, November 2nd. Cast, crew and location of the ‘prom’ to be disclosed at a later date.

As shocking as it might seem, this isn’t the first Carrie Musical to hit the stage.  In the late 80s there was a production that premiered briefly in England and then in New York.  The production was apparently so insane that it generated a love it or hate it type of response.  Because of this, it only managed five performances before it was shut down.  Since then the musical has garnered a cult status with theater and horror fans alike.  Which is what makes this announcement so enticing.

If you can stomach the poor quality, here’s a look at the 1988 performance of Carrie.





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