Cult Musical Carrie Will Get Immersive Los Angeles Production This Fall
By Adam Hetrick
The revised version of the cult musical Carrie, which was seen Off-Broadway in 2012, will receive its Los Angeles debut in a new immersive production by the Transfer Theatre Group this fall.
Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, who produced the Broadway productions of Clybourne Park, Nice Work If You Can Get It and the upcoming revival of Pippin, present the Los Angeles run along with the Transfer Theatre Group. Performances will begin Sept. 6 towards a Sept. 13 official opening night. Carrie, based on the 1974 Stephen King horror novel, is currently scheduled to run through Nov. 2 at a venue to be determined.
In recent years, the original 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 an infamous 1988 Broadway flop. The 2012 Off-Broadway production by MCC Theater, which featured additional songs and revisions, focused less on the darker horror aspects of the tale and emphasized the effects of teen bullying and school politics.
Carrie will be directed by Brady Schwind and choreographed by Imara Quinonez. Casting and creative team information will be announced at a later date.
"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," Schwind said in a statement. "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."
The musical centers on the tale of a tormented high school teenager, Carrie White, who discovers she has telekinetic powers. The young girl must cope with a fanatically religious mother and her own coming of age. When her friends push her too far on prom night, they find out how destructive bullying can be.
The L.A. production promises "a blazing new immersive production sure to be the theatrical event of the year."
Carrie recently received its high school premiere at Sandia Preparatory School. Read Playbill.com's coverage here.
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