Back in 1988, the musical adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie—with music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and a book by Lawrence D. Cohen—became the stuff of Broadway legend. After opening to acrid reviews, the show closed after only five performances, creating an $8 million hole that counts as one of the most expensive flops in the history of the Great White Way. With numbers that disastrous, an official cast recording was never in the cards.
Until now. After getting resurrected at a well-received 2009 reading of the show, Carrie got an Off-Broadway run at New York’s MCC Theatre, and it will get its official cast recording when Ghostlight Records drops the album on September 25.
Check out the exclusive premiere of the video for the show-opening number “In,” which features some behind-the-scenes footage of the cast working on the recording in the studio.
“I was sort of aware of it, but I didn’t really know anything about it,” explains Molly Ranson, who played the title character, of the show’s mythos as a notorious bomb. “Back in November 2009, when I got the audition for the reading, I had just watched the movie, but I knew nothing about the history. When I accepted the role, people were like, ‘Are you nervous to be a part of such an infamous show?’ And I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ But our production was obviously very different than the original.”
Ranson’s run as an adolescent went much better than her character’s (“I had an amazing experience in high school—very different than Carrie’s,” she said), and one of the great highlights of the run of Carrie for her was when she met one of the cast members from the original 1988 production. “I met Betty Buckley,” she said. “We were told one night that there was a special guest in the audience, and I kind of had a feeling it would be her. She loved it, and it was exciting to meet her too, because I’m a big fan.”