CARRIE’s return to New York this spring marked nearly 25 years since the musical’s historic Broadway production. Preceded by Stephen King’s debut 1974 novel and Brian De Palma's classic 1976 film, the stage musical had its world premiere as a co-production of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in February 1988; it transferred to Broadway later that spring, where it lasted for 16 previews and 5 performances before closing, taking on legendary status as one of Broadway's most controversial and short-lived productions.
Despite frequent entreaties from loyal fans (and a few unlicensed productions in the US and Europe), CARRIE was kept hidden from public view. In 2009, the authors were approached by director Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz, The Tin Pan Alley Rag) whose passion for the piece led to this newly reworked and fully re-imagined version of the gripping story. The time period was reset to today, giving the story new relevance in its harrowing depiction of teen bullying.
Both timely and timeless, CARRIE is the mesmerizing story of a young girl bullied by her peers in high school and mistreated by her fanatical mother at home. Carrie, however, learns she has special powers -- a discovery that leads to a devastating and unforgettable conclusion.
"I have known the authors of CARRIE for many years," says Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein, "and it has been fascinating to watch as their relationship to the material continued to evolve. When I saw this new version at MCC this year, I felt they had successfully walked the delicate line that a stage musical of this story requires -- and came out with an extraordinary and emotionally complex show that played like gangbusters. I am thrilled that we are now representing the show and the score, and are able to make it available to theaters around the world."
In a joint statement, Cohen, Gore and Pitchford stated: "We couldn't be happier that our new version of CARRIE will at last be sent out into the world to continue its adventure and journey of resurrection. We're especially proud that our musical of Stephen King's iconic fable -- with its emotionally driven narrative and strong contemporary resonances -- will be a part of a stellar catalog alongside the classics of Rodgers and Hammerstein."
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About R&H Theatricals
R&H Theatricals represents the stage performance rights to over 100 musicals by more than 200 writers. These include works by Rodgers & Hammerstein (including OKLAHOMA!, SOUTH PACIFIC and THE SOUND OF MUSIC), Rodgers & Hart (PAL JOEY, BABES IN ARMS), and Kern & Hammerstein (SHOW BOAT), as well as musicals by Irving Berlin (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, WHITE CHRISTMAS), Andrew Lloyd Webber (CATS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), Adam Guettel (THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, FLOYD COLLINS), Kurt Weill (THE THREEPENNY OPERA, LADY IN THE DARK), such perennials as FOOTLOOSE, BIG RIVER and ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, and the longest-running revues in the history of Broadway -- SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ -- and Off-Broadway -- I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. Recently added titles include IN THE HEIGHTS, ORDINARY DAYS, A CATERED AFFAIR, IT’S ONLY LIFE, [title of show], FACE THE MUSIC, REEFER MADNESS, ALTAR BOYZ, BERNARDA ALBA, MID-LIFE! THE CRISIS MUSICAL, and BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY. R&H Theatricals is an Imagem company: www.rnh.com.
About Imagem Music
Imagem Music is the pop music division of the Imagem Music Group (André de Raaff, co-founder). Home to the Elvis Presley catalogue as well as such talent as Ludacris, Phil Collins, Genesis, Anna Nalick, Steve Robson, Jens Gad, Temper Trap, Hesta Prynn, Bombay Bicycle Club and more, Imagem Music has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin and the Netherlands, and exclusive agents all over the world. For more, visit: www.imagem-music.com. The Imagem Music Group is the world’s largest independent music publisher, which, in addition to its ever-expanding pop catalogues, is unique for its leadership role in classical music (Boosey & Hawkes) and musicals (Rodgers & Hammerstein). For more, visit: www.imagem.com.
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