On the announcement that Ghostlight would be releasing the cast album of Carrie, book writer Lawrence D. Cohen said: "It's enormously gratifying to know that after its 80-performance resurrection on stage at the Lortel Theater, Carrie will continue its rebirth with the cast recording of the MCC Production. After seeing a preview of the show, English critic Mark Shenton blogged that the new version 'proves that miracles can happen,' and this is another sign for us as its authors that they continue to do so."
Composer Michael Gore added: "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!"
And Ghostlight President Kurt Deutsch says: “Preserving Carrie with the first real cast album insures that SHE will never die. I look forward to releasing on Ghostlight and hope that this album sparks the imagination the next generation of musical theatre artists and builds excitement for future productions to be licensed both nationally and internationally.”
The newly reworked and fully re-imagined production of Carrie features music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford (Academy Award winning composer and lyricist for the original film Fame) and a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (who also adapted the 1974 novel by Stephen King for the 1976 Brian DePalma film). Performances for Carrie began January 31, 2012, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) and officially opened on March 1, 2012; the show was originally scheduled to run through March 25, 2012.
Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn't been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carriestars Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie (Next to Normal, Kiss Me Kate) as Carrie's evangelical mother, Margaret White, and Molly Ranson (Jerusalem, August: Osage County) as the lonely, vengeful, yet fragile girl at the center of it all. The cast also includes Christy Altomare, Carmen Cusack, Jeanna de Waal, Derek Klena, Ben Thompson, Wayne Wilcox, Corey Boardman, Blair Goldberg, F. Michael Haynie, Andy Mientus, Elly Noble, Jen Sese, Mackenzie Bell, Jake Boyd and Anne Tolpegin.
The creative team of Carrie includes 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).
Here’s a sampling of what the critics had to say about this new production of Carrie:
“Welcome to the prom, Carrie. They’re not going to laugh at you now! Powerfully acted and intensely well sung, this infamous rock musical about a telekinetic teen has the strange power to move you. The new and improved Carrie is gripping."
–Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
“The show has guts. Carrie’s score does what a musical score should do: it moves the show along, illuminates the characters and deepens the emotions — especially when the wild-eyed, steely-voiced Marin Mazzie, as the zealot mother, belts out 'When There’s No One,' the Act II stunner. Molly Ranson convincingly manages Carrie’s transition from dysfunctional ugly-duckling to revenge-seeking swan. Carrie has real weight and emotional conviction.”
–Richard Zoglin, Time
“A downtown hit! This former joke of a musical now feels like a bonanza.”
–Linda Winer, Newsday
“Marin Mazzie dazzles! The beautiful, mournful Act II aria, ‘When There’s No One,’ nails the chills and thrills lurking in the Carrie tale.”
–Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News
“In the fascinating new musical revival of Carrie, we finally get a fair take on Margaret White. Marin Mazzie rejects the easy caricature of her as an unthinking zealot, and delivers a complex portrait of a mother who is passionate, well-intentioned, and tragically flawed. She injects the ferocious Act II ballad, “When There’s No One,” with a stirring intensity. It’s a magnetic performance.”
-Jason Zinoman, Slate
“A madly feverish musical! A sensational Marin Mazzie sings the blazes out of her combustible arias.”
–Michael Sommers, NJ Newsroom
“Thankfully, Carrie has returned for her encore - and they finally did "get it right."
-Bradley Steele Harding, FearNet
Sh-K-Boom, with its imprint Ghostlight Records, has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings, having built a library of over 100 records during the last 12 years featuring the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s biggest stars. Founded by Kurt Deutsch and wife Sherie Rene Scott, the label was created by and for the Broadway community and has reinvented the musical theatre recording landscape through their high-quality recordings, innovative marketing techniques to reach the next generation of Broadway music fans, as well as the creation of a new type of ‘United Artists’ environment for Broadway producers and artists to participate in the funding and co-ownership of their albums.
Ghostlight celebrated a major milestone this past year with their Grammy-winning release of The Book of Mormon, which became the first Broadway cast recording to break into the Billboard Top 10 since the original 1969 release of Hair, taking its place as the biggest-selling digital cast recording of all time. Recent releases on the label include Disney’s Newsies, the Grammy-nominated 2011 revival cast recording of Anything Goes, the new revival recording of Godspell, plus the OCRs of Elf, Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and solo albums from some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. Over the years, Ghostlight has preserved the scores of some of Broadway's most well-known musicals, including the Grammy Award-winning In the Heights, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone.
MCC Theater – founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company – is committed to developing and producing new work that challenges artists and rewards audiences. Our mission is carried out through an annual season of world, American, and New York premieres, literary development programs for emerging writers, and ground-breaking education programs that enable more than 1,000 New York City high school students to find - and use - their own unique voice each year through the creation and performance of original theater pieces. MCC’s award-winning productions include Wit, Frozen, Reasons to Be Pretty, The Pride, The Other Place and this season’s The Submission, winner of the inaugural Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for new American plays.
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