Jen and I went to see Carrie, the Musical last night at the Lucille Lortel Theater, in Manhattan. When I told Jen that it was a serious production, not a comedy or spoof, she was doubtful. I was also worried, having read some articles about the original Broadway productions failures. Surprisingly, we both loved it.
Carrie: The Musical is a musical with a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and music by Michael Gore. Adapted from Stephen King's novel Carrie, it focuses on an awkward teenage girl with telekinetic powers whose lonely life is dominated by an oppressive religious fanatic mother. When she is humiliated by her classmates at the high school prom, she wreaks havoc on everyone and everything in her path.
All of the actors were superb especially Molly Ranson as Carrie White and veteran actress Marin Mazzie as Margaret White. The minimalist sets and props were well done with lots of lights and projector tricks used very effectively. The songs were memorable and not over the top. Mondo predicted a "Plug it Up" song, thankfully there wasn't one.
The final prom scene was done with red lights and very strong sound effects and music. A red spotlight was focused on Carrie to simulate the dropped blood. It all worked well and conveyed the fear and emotion of the scene. Ranson's dancing/gestures were very effective in showing the madness that overcame Carrie when her fears became reality. The way director Stafford Arima staged her classmates deaths was superb.
The final scene between Carrie and her mother was perfect, with Carrie covered in fake blood, and almost brought a tear to my eye. Almost.
I recommend any constant reader in the NY area to check out Carrie, the Musical. Great fun.
For showtimes and ticket check out the MCC Theater's website. The show has been extended unitl April 22nd.