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CARRIE is Redeemed!

CARRIE is by far one of the most interesting, impactful, and well-executed productions I have ever seen. The passion and talent of everyone involved exploded from the stage in a frenzy of energy and suspense. The incredible thing about the show is that every single person in the audience knows exactly how the show ends and yet we are taken along for the ride from the very beginning. Rather than starting the show with a canned fire announcement, the show begins with a soft, ominous sound that grows louder and louder. Upon reaching its climax in volume the house theatre goes into darkness. From that moment the show never lets you go.

Spoilers are included in the rest of this review.

The show is presented as a flashback. Occasional police interviews (given as direct addresses) keep the story moving without becoming a hindrance to the story. Our story begins with a rousing opening number sung by your stereotypical angsty teens singing about fitting in at school. Then we're taken to a girls' gym class. After class we hear a scream and we meet Carrie White. Carrie has just gotten her first period at the age of 17 and she doesn't know what's happening to her. A chorus of teenage girls taunt her and pick on her. The sympathetic gym teacher tries to console Carrie, but to no avail. Carrie goes home to her mother- a radical cultish "Christian" who preaches that Carrie receiving her period is punishment for sin. Carrie disagrees, but her protectiveabusive mother will hear none of it.

You can probably figure out how the story goes. A particularly mean girl, Chris, and her doofus boyfriend make it their goal to get back at Carrie after Chris is banned from prom for refusing to apologize to Carrie for bullying. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that if she focuses hard enough she is able to move things with her mind a la "Matilda." Meanwhile Meanwhile, Carrie starts to think highly of hunky jock turned poet. All of this is fine and dandy, right? Well, long story short the jock, Tommy, ends up asking Carrie to prom as a way of helping her fit in; Carrie accepts. Upon hearing the news, Carrie's mother freaks the frack out and Carrie goes all Evil Matilda on her mother and makes it clear that she WILL be going to prom.

There's the first act.

Then comes the fun part. Prom. Carrie is radiant in her self-made dress and everyone at the prom is wonderfully nice and complimentary. Everything is so sugary sweet. If you didn't know any better you'd swear you had mistakenly walked into a production of High School Musical, but there's a creepy girl on the poster hanging in the theatre so youre pretty sure you're in the right place. Long story short, mean girl Chris dumps a bucket of pigs blood on Carrie when Carrie is crowned prom queen and all hell breaks loose. Carrie's classmates (who had been bullying her throughout the show) fall victim to Carrie's wrath. She locks them all in the gym with her mind-powers, breaks their necks, electrocutes them, sets them on fire, and then calmly walks out of the gym only to blow the place up upon her exit. It get's better. An emotionally destroyed Carrie, covered from head to toe in blood, walks into her house to a consoling mother. I can't ruin what happens next, but let's just say the show ends with them both dead on the floor. Shocking, no?

As for the performers themselves, the entire cast was very talented, but the night belonged to Molly Ranson as Carrie and Marin Mazzie as her mother. To say the performances were flawless is an understatement. I won't waste your time by ranting and raving but picture the two best performances of these roles possible and then increase the quality of what you're picturing by ten. That's about how it was.

Carrie lives

I thought the show was extremely well done and creative. The music is powerful. :)

beautiful!!! im so glad they made this a musical

the cast has such talent and carisma:) i am truly amazed by these songs.

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  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Musicals
  • Released: Sep 25, 2012

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