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BWW Review: Clandestine's CARRIE THE MUSICAL is Ambitious DisappointmentBWW Review: Clandestine's CARRIE THE MUSICAL is Ambitious Disappointment
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 27, 2015

There is something noble about earnestly attempting to do good, despite the overwhelming evidence that what you are embarking upon is almost certainly doomed to disappoint. Not only is that sentiment at the center of CARRIE THE MUSICAL, which Clandestine Arts is premiering in Central Florida through August 30th at the ME Theatre, but it also accurately describes the undertaking of performing this infamous piece of musical theatre history. Like Carrie's senior prom, unless everything goes unbelievably perfectly, the musical is likely going to be a substantial let-down. While Clandestine has put together an impressively talented group of young performers, especially in the show's four leads, the uneven and sloppy production undermines whatever power the piece might otherwise have had. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Week for Environmental Staging of CARRIE in Los AngelesTickets on Sale Next Week for Environmental Staging of CARRIE in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman and The Transfer Group have announced that CARRIE THE MUSICAL will return to Los Angeles at the historic Los Angeles Theatre, the first theatrical musical at that venue.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Peregrine Theatre Ensemble's CARRIESTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Peregrine Theatre Ensemble's CARRIE
by Stage Tube - Aug 11, 2015

Peregrine Theatre Ensemble will be performing its entire 2015 season in the old high school auditorium at Provincetown Schools, 12 Winslow Street in Provincetown, MA. This allows Peregrine to transform the space into Carrie's high school in Chamberlain, Maine. During this interactive theatrical experience they invite the audience to attend prom and fully commit to the world of CARRIE the musical for a night they will never forget. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Peregrine Theatre's CARRIE THE MUSICAL With Missy Michael Jamieson, Paige McNamara and More!STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Peregrine Theatre's CARRIE THE MUSICAL With Missy Michael Jamieson, Paige McNamara and More!
by Stage Tube - Jun 26, 2015

Peregrine Theatre Ensemble will be performing its entire 2015 season in the old high school auditorium at Provincetown Schools, 12 Winslow Street in Provincetown, MA. This allows Peregrine to transform the space into Carrie's high school in Chamberlain, Maine. During this interactive theatrical experience they invite the audience to attend prom and fully commit to the world of CARRIE the musical for a night they will never forget. (more...)

Immersive CARRIE: THE MUSICAL to Reopen Los Angeles Theatre This FallImmersive CARRIE: THE MUSICAL to Reopen Los Angeles Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman and The Transfer Group have announced that CARRIE: THE MUSICAL will return to Los Angeles this October at the historic Los Angeles Theatre, direct from its acclaimed run at the La Mirada Theatre this past spring. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/12/15- CARRIESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/12/15- CARRIE
by Stage Tube - May 12, 2015

Today in 1988, Carrie opened at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre), where it ran for 5 performances. 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. (more...)

Evelyn Hoskins, Kim Criswell Star in London Premiere of CARRIE, Opening TonightEvelyn Hoskins, Kim Criswell Star in London Premiere of CARRIE, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Carrie receives its long awaited London Premiere in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 1 to Saturday 30 May 2015, with a press night tonight 6 May. Preview performances were sold sold out, following the best on-sale week of any show in the venue's 22-year history. (more...)

Missy Michael Jamieson and Paige McNamara to Lead Peregrine Theatre's CARRIE THE MUSICAL; Full Cast Announced!Missy Michael Jamieson and Paige McNamara to Lead Peregrine Theatre's CARRIE THE MUSICAL; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Casting is complete for CARRIE the musical directed by Christopher Betts, musical director Peter Hodgson and choreography by Amanda Pinto. Peregrine Theatre Ensemble will be performing its entire 2015 season in the old high school auditorium at Provincetown Schools, 12 Winslow Street in Provincetown MA. (more...)

Westchester County Students to Present CARRIE at WPPAC, 4/24-26Westchester County Students to Present CARRIE at WPPAC, 4/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Carrie the Musical is an electrifying pop-rock musical based on the Stephen King novel about a bullied teenager with telekinetic powers who takes revenge on prom night. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie the Musical includes music by Academy Award-winning composer Michael Gore, lyrics by Academy Award-winning lyricist Dean Pitchford, and a book by Carrie film screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen. (more...)

Evelyn Hoskins, Kim Criswell to Star in London Premiere of CARRIE - Full Cast Announced!Evelyn Hoskins, Kim Criswell to Star in London Premiere of CARRIE - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Full casting is announced today for Carrie, which will receive its long awaited London Premiere in The Large atSouthwark Playhouse from Friday 1 to Saturday 30 May 2015, with a press night on Wednesday 6 May. Preview performances are now sold out, following the best on-sale week of any show in the venue's 22-year history. (more...)

Review Roundup: Immersive CARRIE THE MUSICAL Opens at La Mirada TheatreReview Roundup: Immersive CARRIE THE MUSICAL Opens at La Mirada Theatre
by Review Roundups - Mar 25, 2015

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts presents the Los Angeles premiere of the all-new, reimagined, environmental and completely immersive theater production of the legendary musical CARRIE THE MUSICAL. Opening night was March 18. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

BWW Reviews: Impressive CARRIE THE MUSICAL at La MiradaBWW Reviews: Impressive CARRIE THE MUSICAL at La Mirada
by Don Grigware - Mar 19, 2015

I remember the melodrama of the film Carrie (1976) and director Brian De Palma's splashy special effects more than anything else. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie really tore up the scenery in their overblown scenes together. Onstage Carrie The Musical brings out so much more. It really zeroes in on the problem of bullying among teenagers and shows the psychological consequences. When a shy girl Carrie (Emily Lopez) has her period for the first time in the girls' shower after PE class, she experiences a devastating ridicule by most of her classmates. She's bright, but dresses shabbily and doesn't know how to stand her ground. At home her mother Margaret (Misty Cotton), a Christian fundamentalist, abuses her in a different way, leading her to believe that she is basically bad and that only Jesus can saver her soul. Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis, a power to move objects at will. When things do not work out for her as she attemps to fit in at the high school prom, she takes control, punishing everyone around her. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Immersive Production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL - Emily Lopez, Misty Cotton & More!Photo Flash: First Look at New Immersive Production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL - Emily Lopez, Misty Cotton & More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, and The Transfer Group present the Los Angeles premiere of the all-new, reimagined, environmental and completely immersive theater production of the legendary musical CARRIE THE MUSICAL. Performances started at Southern California's La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (14900 La Mirada Blvd.) on Thursday, March 12, 2015 for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 5, 2015. Opening night was last night, March 18, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

CARRIE to Play White Plains Performing Arts CenterCARRIE to Play White Plains Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Based on the novel by Stephen King, Carrie the Musical is an electrifying pop-rock musical about a bullied teenager with telekinetic powers who takes revenge on prom night with music by Academy Award-winning composer Michael Gore ('Fame', 'Terms of Endearment'); lyrics by Academy Award-winning lyricist Dean Pitchford ('Fame', 'Footloose') and a book by 'Carrie' film screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen. (more...)

Director Brady Schwind Opens Up About His Reimagined CARRIE at La Mirada TheatreDirector Brady Schwind Opens Up About His Reimagined CARRIE at La Mirada Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (Brian Kite, producing artistic director), Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, and The Transfer Group (Suzan Fairchild, Artistic Producer), presents the Los Angeles premiere of the all-new, reimagined, environmental and completely immersive theater production of the legendary musical CARRIE THE MUSICAL. Director Brady Schwind opened up about the new production in a recent interview with LA Weekly. He revealed: 'Someone in the show I was doing at the time had a bootleg audio of it. And I listened to it and fell in love with the music. It seemed so exciting, that I think, for a young person, your mind starts thinking about, 'Oh, what would I ever do if I ever staged this show, or if I ever had the chance to work on it?' (more...)

BWW Interviews: Misty Cotton Takes on the Mother of all Mothers in CARRIE THE MUSICALBWW Interviews: Misty Cotton Takes on the Mother of all Mothers in CARRIE THE MUSICAL
by Ellen Dostal - Mar 4, 2015

Last week we introduced you to Emily Lopez, soon to be playing Carrie in the revival of CARRIE THE MUSICAL at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Today we meet Misty Cotton, the other powerhouse actor who will be leading the cast as the mother of all mothers, Margaret White. A day off from rehearsals gave Misty a chance to catch her breath and tell us a little about her road to CARRIE and what it's like stepping into this iconic role. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Emily Lopez Turns up the Heat for Revival of CARRIE THE MUSICALBWW Interviews: Emily Lopez Turns up the Heat for Revival of CARRIE THE MUSICAL
by Ellen Dostal - Feb 27, 2015

One of the most highly anticipated productions in LA is the upcoming revival of CARRIE THE MUSICAL opening March 18 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Word has it that the performance will take place all over the theater in what will be a truly immersive experience. Based on the Stephen King unforgettable horror novel, the revival reunites the original creative team: bookwriter Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film) who has revised the book, lyricist Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose), and composer Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment). Carrie has always been the kind of story that prompts a strong reaction. People who love it, really love it. As for those of us in the musical theatre community - we can't wait to see what happens at this high school prom. Today we get a first look at one of the actresses who is headlining the show, Emily Lopez, who plays Carrie White, as she talks about high school, auditioning for Carrie, and that blue prom dress. (more...)

CARRIE: THE MUSICAL to Premiere in West End, May 1CARRIE: THE MUSICAL to Premiere in West End, May 1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

Carrie: The Musical will receive its long awaited London Premiere in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 1 to Saturday 30 May. On sale now. Press Night: Wednesday 6 May, 7.30pm. Pray for your Salvation…. Carrie is back like you've never seen her before. (more...)

Gary Lloyd to Direct CARRIE THE MUSICAL at Southwark Playhouse This SummerGary Lloyd to Direct CARRIE THE MUSICAL at Southwark Playhouse This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

According to the Daily Mail, THRILLER LIVE's Gary Lloyd is set to helm Dean Pitchford, Michael Gore and Lawrence D. Cohen's revised version of CARRIE THE MUSICAL for Southwark Playhouse this summer. The show will begin May 1 for a four-week run. The team is planning on holding open auditions for the lead role. (more...)

Emily Lopez, Misty Cotton & More Will Lead Reimagined CARRIE THE MUSICAL in Los Angeles; Complete Cast Announced!Emily Lopez, Misty Cotton & More Will Lead Reimagined CARRIE THE MUSICAL in Los Angeles; Complete Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

Complete casting has been announced by La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (Brian Kite, producing artistic director), Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, and The Transfer Group (Suzan Fairchild, Artistic Producer), for the Los Angeles premiere of the all-new, reimagined, environmental and completely immersive theater production of the legendary musical CARRIE THE MUSICAL. Performances are set to begin at Southern California's La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (14900 La Mirada Blvd.) on Thursday, March 12, 2015 for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 5, 2015. Opening night is set for Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 8:30pm. (more...)

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