Ghostlight Records announced today that, for the first time, the musical Carrie was preserved in a brand new recording of the cast of the recent MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, artistic directors; Blake West, executive director) Off-Broadway revival. Carrie, which originally appeared on Broadway in 1988, features music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford (Academy Award®-winning songwriter and lyricist for the original film Fame) and a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. The new recording, produced by Grammy Award® winner Kurt Deutsch (In the heights) and featuring the critically acclaimed vocal performances of Tony Award nominated Marin Mazzie (Kiss me Kate, next to normal) and in small groups Molly Ranson (Jerusalem, August: Osage County), will be released on September 25e on iTunes, Amazon.com, and is available for pre-order from the Sh-K-Boom website (http://sh-k-boom.com/carrie.shtml). A trailer for the album can be viewed below.
Based on the bestselling Stephen King novel, the musical Carrie tells the infamous story of a troubled teenage girl (Ranson) whose tortured social life is made more unbearable by her oppressive religious fanatic mother (Mazzie). Before becoming a musical, the novel Carrie was famously adapted for the screen in Brian DePalma’s 1976 film of the same name starring Sissy Spacek. Since then, in its various incarnations, it has grown into an iconic brand of pop culture in its own right, making the release of Ghostlight Records a much anticipated event.
Carrie: The Musical – First casting recording was produced by Joel Moss and Michael Gore, and features orchestrations by Tony Award® winner Doug Besterman (The producers, resolutely modern Millie), vocal design by AnnMarie Milazzo, and musical direction and arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell.
In addition to Marin Mazzie and Molly Ranson, the cast recording features cast members Christy Altomare, Carmen Cusack, Jeanna de Waal, Derek Klena, Ben Thompson, Wayne Alan Wilcox, Corey Boardman, Blair Goldberg, F. Michael Haynie, Andy Mientus, Elly Noble and Jen Sese.
Appearing on the recording: Mary-Mitchell Campbell, conductor / keyboard; Adam Wachter, keyboard; Craig Magnano & Dillon Kondor, guitars; Brian Hamm, bass; Damien Bassman, drums / percussions; and Alisa Horn, cello.
The 2012 Off-Broadway production of Carrie was directed by Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz, The Secret Garden), with choreography by Matt Williams, set design by David Zinn, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Kevin Adams (Spring awakening, American idiot), sound design by Jonathan Deans, projection design by Sven Ortel, fight direction by Rick Sordelet, wig and hair design by Leah J. Loukas. Shows Carrie began January 31, 2012, at the Lucille Lortel Theater (121 Christopher Street, NYC) and officially opened on March 1, 2012. All future performing rights to Carrie are authorized by R&H Theatricals (www.rnh.com).
Carrie: The Musical – First casting recording List of tracks
3 open your heart
4 and Eve was weak
5 the world according to Chris
6 evening prayers
7 dreamer in disguise
8 Once you see
9 unsuspecting hearts
10 do me a favor
11 I remember how these boys could dance
12 a night we’ll never forget
13 you shine
14 Why not me?
15 Stay here instead
16 When there is no one
17 Arrival of the ball
18 unsuspecting hearts (Reprise)
19 Dreamer in disguise (Reprise)
20 Prom Highlight
21 Alma Mater
23 Carrie (Reprise)