Carrie Cast Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard "Top Broadway" Chart
By Adam Hetrick
Ghostlight Records' Off-Broadway cast album of Carrie, the pop musical based on Stephen King's 1974 novel, debuted as the No. 1 selling album of the week on the Billboard "Top Broadway" chart in its first week of release.
The cast album, featuring Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie and Molly Ranson, who starred as Margaret and Carrie White, respectively, was released Sept. 25. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Broadway chart for the week ending Sept. 30.
Composer Michael Gore and multi-Grammy Award winner Joel Moss produce the album, with Ghostlight Records' Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer.
Carrie began Off-Broadway previews Jan. 31 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and officially opened March 1. It ended its run April 8, after 34 previews and 46 performances.
The original 1988 writing team of Academy Award-winning composer Michael Gore ("Fame," "Terms of Endearment"), Academy Award-winning lyricist Dean Pitchford ("Fame," "Footloose") and "Carrie" film screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen returned to work on Carrie, which was shaped by director Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz, Tin Pan Alley Rag, London's Ragtime) as a more intimate tale of parental control, bullying and school politics.
"I'm extremely proud of this score, and it's a thrill to be recording this new MCC production with this fantastic cast. There have been so many requests for a recording over the years, so it's wonderful to be sending this out into the world at last!," Gore said in a previous statement.
The original Broadway production starred Linzi Hateley as Carrie and Tony winner Betty Buckley as Margaret. A cast album of the short-lived musical was never recorded, though bootleg live recordings have been a must-have for cult theatre fans. During her 1996 Carnegie Hall concert, Buckley reunited with Hateley to perform songs from Carrie, but the material was not included on the album from that evening.
The Ghostlight Records album marks Carrie's debut on disc. The musical is also availble for licensing from R&H Theatricals.
The Off-Broadway revival preserved much of the original 1988 Broadway musical material penned for the characters of Carrie and Margaret, while a handful of new songs were added for the ensemble and supporting characters.
The track listing follows:
The cast also featured Christy Altomare as Sue Snell, Carmen Cusack as gym teacher Lynn Gardner, Jeanna de Waal as Chris Hargensen, Derek Klena as Tommy Ross, Ben Thompson as Billy Nolan, Wayne Wilcox as Mr. Stephens, Corey Boardman as George, Blair Goldberg as Norma, F. Michael Haynie as Freddie, Andy Mientus as Stokes, Elly Noble as Helen, Jen Sese as Frieda, Mackenzie Bell, Jake Boyd and Anne Tolpegin.
The creative team included Matt Williams (choreography), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (music direction and arrangements), David Zinn (set design), Emily Rebholz (costume design), Kevin Adams (lighting design), Sven Ortel (projections design), Jonathan Deans (sound design), Doug Besterman (orchestrations), AnnMarie Milazzo (vocal design), Leah J. Loukas (wig and hair design) and Rick Sordelet (fight director).
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