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The long-awaited, first ever Carrie cast recording is finally here, ending the almost quarter century wait for an official release.

Bootlegging of the show's intense and stirring song cycle had reached unprecedented levels for a musical over the years among its devout following. This fan-base is now growing exponentially as Carrie is a hot, officially licensable property for high schools, colleges, and theatre companies across the nation.

Stephen King's classic fable has become a staple of mainstream pop culture from the bestselling novel, to the Academy Award® nominated film, to this legendary musical, the latter of which had not been seen or heard since its 1988 Broadway production…until now. 24 years on, the show's original authors teamed with director Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz) 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 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 the stunning Molly Ranson (Jerusalem, August: Osage County) as the lonely, vengeful, yet fragile girl at the center of it all.

1. In
2. Carrie
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 Those Boys Could Dance
12. A Night We'll Never Forget
13. You Shine
14. Why Not Me?
15. Stay Here Instead
16. When There's No One
17. Prom Arrival
18. Unsuspecting Hearts (Reprise)
19. Dreamer In Disguise (Reprise)
20. Prom Climax
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • ASIN: B008VTRJQ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you're a fan of musical theater in general, buy it.
K. Grider
It is a faithful adaptation of the book with some amazing, amazing songs like And Eve Was Weak.
Edmund Zebrowski
So wonderful to finally have a cast recording of CARRIE.
Mark A. Brown

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Gracey on September 25, 2012
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The cast recording is finally here...a vibrant and accurate representation of the off-Broadway revival production, which I was fortunate enough to see on opening night in March 2012. A lot of questionable material from the original has been updated or jettisoned altogether ("Don't Waste The Moon" anyone? Didn't think so). The real highlights here, largely unchanged from the original 1988 Broadway production, are the sections between Carrie and her mother Margaret, sung to perfection by Molly Ranson and Marin Mazzie, respectively. I have seen complaints that Mazzie does not reach the dizzying heights of Betty Buckley's original performance, but what she does bring is a fiery intensity that, while perhaps more subdued vocally, is far more heartfelt and nuanced. Molly Ranson is spot-on as Carrie, and the recording showcases her formidable vocal and acting talents. The remainder of the cast acquit themselves just as well...not a clunker in the bunch(although poor Christy Altomare as Sue has an uphill battle, saddled with the blander melodies and eye-rolling dialogue moments).
New songs written for the revival may be mostly forgettable, but are pleasant nonetheless...no tracks that I plan to fast forward through.
Carrie devotees should be well satisfied, along with newer fans. The new recording is definitely worth the wait, and will no doubt fuel interest in local productions which are sure to start cropping up sooner rather than later.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom George on October 9, 2012
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In Ken Mandelbaums book Not Since Carrie, a wonderful informative and witty disection of what makes Broadway flops the way they were, he describes Carrie on Broadway: "What makes Carrie so unique is its combination of soaring, often heartbreaking sequences and some of the most appalling and ridiculous scenes ever in a musical." Judging from the reworking and the score of the CD, some of the same problems seem to be evident. While the "appalling and ridiculous scenes" seem to have been omitted (teens in leather chanting "pig, pig, pig...blood, blood,blood!!!") , the basic problem is still there.

The music and scenes between Carrie and her mother are stunning, operatic, and gorgeous, and Marin Mazzie as mother, Margret White, delivers an incredible ballad, When There Is No One that would do Sondheim or Lloyd Weber proud. However the songs for the teenagers, and these are almost half the show, with a couple of exceptions, are rather inane, and completely forgettable. It as if its High School Musical meets Puccini.

Molly Ranson as Carrie, and Mazzie are incredible and make the Carrie/Mrs White material highly listenable, check out the other numbers, and for the most part, skip over them.
A worthy curiosity to add to any collection, with some standout sequences, and a truly unforgettable ballad. Barbara Cook created the original mother in the musical in England, but wisely walked out (after nearly being decapitated by a piece of falling scenery) before the show came to NY. A shame because her rendition of When There Is No One must have been a masterpiece, not to take a thing away from Mazzie, or Betty Buckley on Broadway for that matter.

Have some friends who actually did see one of the few performaces on Broadway.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Penola on September 28, 2012
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I am one of the lucky few who have seen both the original camp classic musical version of CARRIE and the recent off -Broadway revised version - each more than once. An ardent fan of the still -shocking story and film, I came to this revision with real curiosity. How will they handle the clunky moments in the original musical - like those where leather - clad disco boys jumped in and out of a trough, apparently bludgeoning pigs? Surprise surprise - the creative team led by director Stafford Arima have come up with a sad, effective, much more realistic take on the material. While it does not reach the haunting power of the film, this musical stays with you. Further it features some of the most memorable and tuneful new music written for the stage in eons. You simply can't dismiss this CARRIE. The performances are universally superb and the vocal arrangements, orchestrations and edits for the recording bring the story and characters to vivid life. Who knew CARRIE would come back from the dead...again? Check it out! And next up for all of us CARRIE fans...the latest film incarnation due in March 2013!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey M. Beech on October 1, 2012
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After spending the last 20 years listening to the "unofficial" cast recording of the Broadway cast, this one is a pleasant surprise to finally have as a professionally recorded version. The vocals are good, Marin Mazzie is awesome as Mrs. White, and the orchestrations are good and strong. I do miss the soaring orchestrations of the original Broadway version, but it is understandable with an off-Broadway production not to have the full orchestra. I like the changes of some of the songs, and the lyric changes are for the better. I do miss the "Heaven" sequence and the sextet during the prom sequence, as well as the full "Destruction" that the original version had; but overall, this recording is a welcome guest in my collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Stoner on November 10, 2013
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With the new adaptation of CARRIE in theatres, now is the perfect time to rediscover this amazing classic in all its forms, and this musical adaptation is quite good. Although I love the original film version, Carrie White is shown to be little more than a victim; in the musical, similar to the new film version, Carrie is a much more complex character and the musical does a good job of highlighting the real issue at the core of King's original novel: the book/films/musical aren't really about a girl with telekinesis at all, but really are about bullying and the terrible pains that we humans are capable of inflicting on each other. That the target of this bullying is gifted with special abilities is just what explodes the story into its terrible climax. King was truly visionary in depicting the everyday horrors of high school and created a tragic hero in Carrie White who tests her new powers and imagines what revenge might feel and look like, finally taking that revenge when she is pushed too far at what should have been a special night.

The musical in particualr does a good job of creating the supporting cast: Chris, Sue, and Tommy all emerge as fully developed characters, and the ensemble numbers reveal the insecurities that all high schoolers feel, the desire to fit in and be accepted (or at least fly under the radar of those who would abuse them) causing them to make terrible choices and victimize others like Carrie White.

The music is strong throughout, but here are my favorite songs:
1. The World According To Chris - Chris is obviously the villain of this story, and her solo makes no apologies and doesn't try to explain away her behavior. She's a mean girl, and she tells us exactly why.
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