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Monday, 13 August 2012 20:15

Ghostlight Records to Release First-Ever Cast Recording of CARRIE

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS
TO RELEASE FIRST-EVER
CAST RECORDING OF THE MUSICAL

C A R R I E

FEATURING CAST OF RECENT HIT
MCC THEATER OFF-BROADWAY REVIVAL
LED BY MARIN MAZZIE & MOLLY RANSON
AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 25th

New York, NY – Ghostlight Records announced today that—for the first time ever—the musical Carrie has been preserved in a brand-new cast recording of the recent MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) Off-Broadway revival.  Carrie, which originally appeared on Broadway in 1988, 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 penned the film’s screenplay.  The new recording, executive produced by Grammy Award® winner Kurt Deutsch (In the Heights) and featuring the critically-acclaimed knockout vocal performances of Tony Award® nominee Marin Mazzie (Kiss Me Kate, Next to Normal) and breakout Molly Ranson (Jerusalem, August: Osage County), will be released on September 25th on iTunes, Amazon.com, and is available for pre-order at Sh-K-Boom’s website (http://sh-k-boom.com/carrie.shtml).  A teaser trailer of the album can be viewed at http://youtu.be/JMAnEkybylM.

Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the musical Carrie tells the infamous tale of a troubled teenage girl (Ranson) whose tortured social life is made more unbearable by her oppressive religious fanatic mother (Mazzie).  Before becoming a musical, the novel Carrie was famously adapted for the screen in the 1976 Brian DePalma film of the same name starring Sissy Spacek.  Since then, in its various incarnations, it has become an iconic pop culture brand all its own, making the Ghostlight Records release a highly-anticipated event.

Carrie: The Musical – Premiere Cast Recording was produced by Joel Moss and Michael Gore, and features orchestrations by Tony Award® winner Doug Besterman (The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie), vocal design by AnnMarie Milazzo, and music direction and arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell.

In addition to Marin Mazzie and Molly Ranson, the cast recording features cast members Christy Altomare, Carmen Cusack, Jeanna de Waal, Derek Klena, Ben Thompson, Wayne Alan Wilcox, Corey Boardman, Blair Goldberg, F. Michael Haynie, Andy Mientus, Elly Noble, and Jen Sese.

Appearing on the recording are Mary-Mitchell Campbell, conductor/keyboard; Adam Wachter, keyboard; Craig Magnano & Dillon Kondor, guitars; Brian Hamm, bass; Damien Bassman, drums/percussion; and Alisa Horn, cello.

The 2012 Off-Broadway production of Carrie was directed by Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz, The Secret Garden), with choreography by Matt Williams, set design by David Zinn, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Kevin Adams (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), sound design by Jonathan Deans, projection design by Sven Ortel, fight direction by Rick Sordelet, wig and hair design by Leah J. Loukas.  Performances of Carrie began January 31, 2012, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) and officially opened on March 1, 2012.  All future performance rights to Carrie are licensed by R&H Theatricals (www.rnh.com).

Carrie: The Musical – Premiere Cast Recording Track Listing

1              In
2              Carrie
3              Open Your Heart
4           And Eve Was Weak
5           The World According To Chris
6           Evening Prayers
7           Dreamer In Disguise
8           Once You See
9           Unsuspecting Hearts
10          Do Me A Favor
11          I Remember How Those Boys Could Dance
12          A Night We'll Never Forget
13          You Shine
14          Why Not Me?
15          Stay Here Instead
16          When There's No One
17          Prom Arrival
18          Unsuspecting Hearts (Reprise)
19          Dreamer In Disguise (Reprise)
20            Prom Climax
21           Alma Mater
22          The Destruction
23          Carrie (Reprise)
24          Epilogue

Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 120 records in 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, and 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 recently celebrated a major milestone with their Grammy-winning release of The Book of Mormon, which became the first Broadway cast recording to break into Billboard’s Top 10 since the original 1969 release of Hair, as well as taking its place as the biggest-selling digital release of a cast recording of all time.  In addition, their release of the smash hit Newsies debuted #1 on the iTunes Soundtracks chart and in the Top 15 of the overall iTunes chart, and also won the Tony Award® for Best Original Score.  Also recently released on the label are the new Grammy-nominated cast recording of Anything Goes, plus the OCRs Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, as well as solo albums from some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Alice Ripley, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. In recent Broadway seasons, Ghostlight has preserved the scores of some of Broadway's most well-known musicals, including the Grammy Award-winning In the Heights, plus Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone.

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