PHOTO ARCHIVE: Carrie Musical Original Photos and Playbill

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15 May 2013

The infamous musical Carrie — based on the Stephen King novel — closed on Broadway May 15, 1988, following just 16 previews and 5 performances. We look back at the original UK and NYC productions and offer a glance through the pages of the Broadway Playbill.

"Fame" songwriters Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford collaborated with "Carrie" screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen on the musical adaptation which premiered in London at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988 starring Linzi Hateley as Carrie, with Tony winner Barbara Cook as her mother. The cast also featured Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise, Gene Anthony Ray and Darlene Love.

Carrie arrived on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre in April 1988 with Betty Buckley (a veteran of the 1976 film) replacing Cook in the role of Margaret White. Much of the original London principal cast, including Hateley, d'Amboise, Ray and Love, reprised their performances. Capitalized at over $7 million, Carrie gained cult status for being such an expensive and short-lived Broadway venture. Carrie closed on Broadway after playing only 16 previews and 5 performances.


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Linzi Hateley and Betty Buckley
Photo by Peter Cunningham