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Bailiwick to Present CARRIE: THE MUSICAL in Chicago Debut, May 29-July 12


Bailiwick Chicago will present the Chicago premiere of the 2012 Off-Broadway revival version of CARRIE: The Musical, with book by original screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford, music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore, based on the novel by Stephen King, directed by Collective Member Christopher Pazdernik with music direction by Collective Member Aaron Benham. This unique resurrection of 1988's CARRIE: The Musical will play May 29 - July 12, 2014 at the Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.

Tickets are available at, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in-person at the Victory Gardens Box Office. The press performance is Sunday, June 1 at 7 pm.

CARRIE: The Musical will star Callie Johnson as Carrie (Pal Joey, Porchlight Music Theatre-Jeff Award; Next to Normal, Drury Lane Oak Brook) and Katherine L. Condit as Margaret White (Chess, Original Broadway Company; Joseph and A Chorus Line, National Tours). The cast also includes Collective Members Samantha Dubina, Kate Garassino and Ryan Lanning with Kasey Alfonso, Molly Coleman, Damon Gillespie, Kelly Krauter, Henry McGinniss, Sawyer Smith, Rochelle Therrien and George Toles.

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 of the same name, the show's original authors have newly reworked and fully re-imagined the vision of this gripping tale. Set today in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, CARRIE: The Musical features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment) and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

The production team for CARRIE: The Musical includes Stephen H. Carmody (scenic designer), Raquel Adorno (costume designer), Charlie Cooper (lighting designer), Patrick Bley (sound designer), Heather Stuck (stage manager) and Michael Driscoll (assistant director).

All performances will play the Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Previews: Thursday, May 29 at 8 pm, Friday, May 30 at 8 pm and Saturday, May 31 at 8 pm; Press performance: Sunday, June 1 at 7 pm; Regular run: Thursday, June 4 - Saturday, July 12, 2014; Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 6 pm. Additional Industry Night performances Tuesday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 pm. Tickets: Previews: $15. Regular run: $40 ($30 groups of 10 or more). Tickets are available at, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in-person at the Victory Gardens Box Office.

About the Director: Christopher Pazdernik (Director) has been a Chicago-based director, choreographer and producer for the last five years. His directing credits include Miracle on 34th Street and Anyone Can Whistle (Porchlight Music Theatre), Songs for a New World (Elmhurst College), Evita and A Streetcar Named Desire (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center), and workshop productions of the new musicals Far From Freud and Perpetual Possibility. His choreography credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Bailiwick Chicago), The Full Monty (Villlage Players), Bombs Away (Bailiwick Repertory) and Spamalot (Jedlicka). He also co-hosts Option Up!, a cabaret talk-show, monthly at Stage 733 with music director Aaron Benham. He serves as the Artistic Producer for Bailiwick Chicago and as an Artistic Associate at Porchlight Music Theater.

Bailiwick Chicago is a non-profit professional company with a mission to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals and develop new work, while sharing a powerful and authentic theatrical experience. The company celebrates and engages our community through diverse programming, artistic partnerships and outreach opportunities. In its first three seasons Bailiwick Chicago has garnered 54 award nominations, including 10 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominations in its first Jeff-Eligible season (2011-12). For additional information, visit The 2013-14 Season also marks Bailiwick Chicago's participation in Victory Gardens Theater's inaugural Resident Theater Program.

Pictured: Callie Johnson as Carrie. Photo by Tyler Core.

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