Carrie — Stephen King’s literary classic about a shy teenager with the ability to move objects with her mind (Telekinesis) — may be getting a second shot at success on the Off-Broadway stage, more than 20 years after Carrie: The Musical closed its curtains to abysmal reviews and even worse ticket sales.
King’s novel was the basis for a 1976 feature film starring Sissy Spacek. The story became a Broadway musical in 1988 but closed after only 21 performances, costing investors approximately $8 million.Today, Manhattan’s MCC Theatre is spearheading an effort to bring the killer Prom Queen back to the stage by tweaking the original stageplay, The New York Times has learned. For starters, writers are rearranging the story for a more modern audiences by cutting some of the “campy songs” that scored the original Carrie musical and humanizing the characters, like Carrie’s emotionally-unstable mother.
“By opening off-Broadway, in a smaller and far different production, I think Carrie would receive a fair, fresh look that had nothing to do with its legend,” says MCC’s co-artistic director Bernard Telsey.
Do we really need to see Carrie on stage?