Look Back at the Original Production of Carrie on Broadway

Production Photos   Look Back at the Original Production of Carrie on Broadway
The infamous musical, based on the Stephen King novel, opened at the Virginia Theatre May 12, 1988.
Linzi Hateley and Betty Buckley
Linzi Hateley and Betty Buckley

One of Broadway's most infamous musicals, Carrie, opened at the Virginia Theatre May 12, 1988. The production, directed by Terry Hands and choreographed by Debbie Allen, played 16 previews and just five performances before closing on May 15, making it one of the most expensive flops in Broadway history. It would later be revived Off-Broadway by MCC Theatre in 2012, in a heavily revised version which spawned a new wave of regional and collegiate productions.

Based on the psychic horror novel by Stephen King, Carrie tells the story of a small-town high school who girl discovers she has telekinetic powers and uses them to get back at her bullying high school classmates and her tyrannical mother. The show features music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and a book by original screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen

The production starred Linzi Hateley as Carrie White, Betty Buckley as Margaret White, Charlotte d'Amboise as Chris, Paul Gyngell as Tommy, Darlene Love as Miss Gardner, Gene Anthony Ray as Billy, and Sally Ann Triplett as Sue alongside Jamie Beth Chandler, Gary Coburn, Catherine Coffey, Kevin Coyne, David Danns, Matthew Dickens, Michéle Du Verney, Eric Gilliom, Michelle Hodgson, Rosemarie Jackson, Kenny Linden, Kelly Littlefield, Madeleine Loftin, Joey McKneely, Michelle Nelson, Mary Ann Oedy, Mark Santoro, Christopher Solari, Suzanne Maria Thomas, and Scott Wise. Rounding out the company were Audrey Lavine and Lillias White as standbys and Mary Ann Lamb and Darryl Eric Tribble as swings.

Carrie featured scenic design by Ralph Koltai, costume design by Alexander Reid, and sound design by Martin Levan with stage management by Joe Lorden, Jeeremy Sturt, Jack Gianino, and Ed Fitzgerald. Visit the Playbill Vault for the complete cast and creative team.

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