Carrie: The Musical has been plagued with its share of bad luck, much like the character written by Stephen King. The fake blood caused mike problems in a late '80s production by the Royal Shakespeare Company; when it was transferred to Broadway the play closed after just 16 previews and five performances making it one of the most expensive disasters in theater history. But the backers may have got this one wrong: the production was sold out, night after night, which tells us that Michael Gore (music), Dean Pitchford (lyrics) and Lawrence D. Cohen (book) may have been on to something. It's time for Houston audiences to see for themselves when Broadway Performing Arts Studio presents this supernatural thriller, directed by Benjamin K. Luss, at The MATCH.
7:30 p.m. July 21, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. July 22. 3400 Main. For information, call 713-521-4533 or 917-603-5959 or visit matchouston.org or broadwaypas.org. $15 to $20.
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Directed by Benjamin K. Luss
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, Carrie the Musical is set in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine featuring 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). © R&H Theatricals
"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 stranger power to move you. The new and improved Carrie is gripping." - Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
"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... Carrie has real weight an emotional conviction." - Richard Zoglin, Time
"Ideally suited to a society now obsessed with bullying... should be mandatory viewing for junior and senior high school kids" - Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times, June 3, 2014