CARRIE Preview Set for Aug. 1 at Lucille Lortel Theatre with Marin Mazzie & Molly Ranson
MCC THEATER will present Revisiting Carrie, a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of MCC Theater's upcoming production of the musical Carrie, on August 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC). The show's creators - bookwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, composer Michael Gore and lyricist Dean Pitchford, along with director Stafford Arima - will discuss the exciting process of revisiting and reimagining this legendary musical, which MCC Theater is producing as part of its 2011-2012 mainstage season. Throughout the evening, Molly Ranson (Carrie), Marin Mazzie (Carrie's mother, Margaret), and other cast members will perform song selections for a taste of what's to come this January, when Carrie returns to the stage anew. This event will provide audience members a one-time, exclusive opportunity to hear directly from the show's creators as well as the all-new vocal arrangements and artistic vision for this highly anticipated production. Tickets are priced at $39, $59, and $99 ($99 tickets include an autographed event poster) and are now on sale by visiting www.mcctheater.org.
Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it...
Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn't been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Now, the show's original authors have joined with director Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz) and MCC Theater for a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winning composer Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winning lyricist Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose). The cast will be led by 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. Performances begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre January 31, 2012.
MCC's world premiere production of Michael Weller's Side Effects, starring Joely Richardson (David Fincher's upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, "Nip/Tuck") and Cotter Smith (Kin, Next Fall) opens this Sunday, June 19, 2011. Tickets for Side Effects are available by visiting www.mcctheater.org or by contacting Ticket Central directly at www.ticketcentral.com or calling 212-279-4200.
MCC Theater is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season as one of New York City's leading Off Broadway theater companies, committed to presenting New York and world premieres each season. When MCC Theater was founded in 1986, its mission was simple: to bring new theatrical voices to theater-going audiences. MCC Theater continues to accomplish this yearly through three programmatic areas: its mainstage works; its Playwrights' Coalition, which actively seeks and develops new and emerging writers; and its Education & Outreach Programs, including the Youth Company, which allow more than 1,200 students yearly to experience theater, increase literacy and discover their own voices through the creation of original theater pieces. Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the 2008 Tony Award-nominated reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, last season's The Pride, Fifty Words, the 2004 Tony-winning production of Bryony Lavery's Frozen; Neil LaBute's Fat Pig; Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living; Marsha Norman's Trudy Blue; Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone and Alan Bowne's Beirut. Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards.
For more information on MCC Theater, visit www.mcctheater.org.