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Carrie the Musical (Premiere Cast Recording)

Carrie the Musical (Premiere Cast Recording)
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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 winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose). The cast features 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.

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... 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.

All future performance rights to Carrie are licensed by R&H Theatricals (
Record Label: Ghostlight Records
Track List
1. In1. In
2. Carrie2. Carrie
3. Open Your Heart
4. And Eve Was Weak4. And Eve Was Weak
5. The World According To Chris5. The World According To Chris
6. Evening Prayers
7. Dreamer In Disguise
8. Once You See
9. Unsuspecting Hearts
10. Do Me A Favor10. Do Me A Favor
11. I Remember How Those Boys Could Dance11. I Remember How Those Boys Could Dance
12. A Night We'll Never Forget12. A Night We'll Never Forget
13. You Shine13. You Shine
14. Why Not Me?
15. Stay Here Instead
16. When There's No One16. 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


Album Credits
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Produced for records by Joel Moss and Michael Gore
Album Executive Producer: Kurt Deutsch

Album Cast Includes: Marin Mazzie, Molly Ranson, Christy Altomare, Carmen Cusack, Jeanna de Waal, Derek Klena, Ben Thompson, Wayne Wilcox, Corey Boardman, Blair Goldberg, F. Michael Haynie, Andy Mientus, Elly Noble, Jen Sese, Mackenzie Bell, Jake Boyd and Anne Tolpegin
Press Reviews
“Welcome to the prom, Carrie. They’re not going to laugh at you now! Powerfully acted and intensely well sung, this infamous rock musical about a telekinetic teen has the strange power to move you. The new and improved Carrie is gripping."
–Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

“A hit before it even opened! Marin Mazzie (as Carrie’s demented mother) brings out an unexpected emotional delicacy. At first she seems like your average strict but caring mom. But when she sings, in a pure fire-edged soprano, an intensity emerges that shades into something more sinister. And the line between fierce maternal solicitude and obsessive, homicidal madness blurs in ways that take you by surprise.”
–Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“The show has guts. Carrie’s score does what a musical score should do: it moves the show along, illuminates the characters and deepens the emotions — especially when the wild-eyed, steely-voiced Marin Mazzie, as the zealot mother, belts out 'When There’s No One,' the Act II stunner. Molly Ranson convincingly manages Carrie’s transition from dysfunctional ugly-duckling to revenge-seeking swan. Carrie has real weight and emotional conviction.”
–Richard Zoglin, Time

“Molly Ranson has a steady alarm bell of a voice and plausible death in her blazing cornered-kitten eyes from the moment we meet her.”
–Scott Brown, New York Magazine

“A downtown hit! This former joke of a musical now feels like a bonanza. The emotional core comes from the bond between Carrie and the religious fanatic of a mother who needs to keep her close. It helps that Molly Ranson and Marin Mazzie look eerily related and their fierce, distinctive voices blend occasionally in softer emotions. And Mazzie brings a sympathetic sense of panic to monster-mom expectations.”
–Linda Winer, Newsday

“Marin Mazzie dazzles! The beautiful, mournful Act II aria, ‘When There’s No One,’ nails the chills and thrills lurking in the Carrie tale.”
–Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News

“In the fascinating new musical revival of Carrie, we finally get a fair take on Margaret White. Marin Mazzie rejects the easy caricature of her as an unthinking zealot, and delivers a complex portrait of a mother who is passionate, well-intentioned, and tragically flawed. She injects the ferocious Act II ballad, “When There’s No One,” with a stirring intensity. It’s a magnetic performance.” 
-Jason Zinoman, Slate

“A madly feverish musical! A sensational Marin Mazzie sings the blazes out of her combustible arias. Sweet and touching in the pivotal role of Carrie, newcomer Molly Ranson sympathetically suggests a telekinetic Molly Ringwald, especially when she blossoms in pink at the prom. Their mother-daughter encounters strike dramatic sparks that heat up the action. MCC Theater’s production, which has been fluently directed by Stafford Arima, wisely keeps this high school horror show to minimal yet effectively atmospheric circumstances.”
–Michael Sommers, NJ Newsroom

“Thankfully, Carrie has returned for her encore - and they finally did "get it right." With the sure hand of director Stafford Arima, the original creative team has revised the entire production; keeping everything that was great about the original musical and completely reworking everything else. Molly Ranson gives a spirited, heartbreaking performance as the outcast teenager. Her gorgeous voice and nuanced acting are an ideal fit for this complicated character. She is mesmerizing. “
-Bradley Steele Harding, FearNet

“The cast is terrific! Marin Mazzie is the mother from hell.”
–Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News
  • 36 page full color booklet
  • Full show lyrics
  • Album Intro by Michael Gore
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