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News D.C. Premiere of Cult Tuner Carrie, Starring Barbara Walsh, Opens Tonight Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh (Company, Falsettos) stars as fanatical religious mother Margaret White in the Washington, D.C. premiere of the cult musical Carrie, based on the Stephen King novel, which officially opens July 13 after previews that began July 9 at the Studio Theatre.

Barbarba Walsh and Emily Zickler
Barbarba Walsh and Emily Zickler Photo by Igor Dmitry

Directed by Keith Alan Baker and Jacob Janssen, Carrie will run through Aug. 3. The musical is the closing production in the Studio's SecondStage season.

The staging reflects the new book and score, which were updated for MCC Theater's 2012 Off-Broadway production. The original writing team of Academy Award-winning composer Michael Gore ("Fame," "Terms of Endearment"), Academy Award-winning lyricist Dean Pitchford ("Fame," "Footloose") and "Carrie" film screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen returned to work on Carrie, which now features additional songs and emphasizes the effects of teen bullying and school politics.

Young actress Emily Zickler portrays Carrie in a cast that also features Maria Rizzo (Sue Snell), Rob Mueller (Tommy Ross), Eben Logan (Chris Hargensen), AJ Melendez (Billy Nolan), Maggie Roos (Helen), Jamie Eacker (Miss Gardner), Ben Lurye (Mr. Stephens), Dani Stoller (Norma), Sarah Chapin (Frieda), Lance Hayes (George), David Little (Stokes), Christian Montgomery (Freddy), Taylor Elise Rector (Ensemble) and Sean Patrick Grady (Ensemble).

The musical centers on the tale of a tormented high school teenager, Carrie White, who discovers she has telekinetic powers. The young girl must cope with a fanatically religious mother and her own coming of age. When her friends push her too far on prom night, they find out how destructive bullying can be.

The Studio Theatre creative team includes Darius Smith (musical director), Michael J. Bobbit (choreographer), Solomon Hailie Selassie (assistant director), Luciana Stecconi (set designer), Kelsey Hunt (costume designer), Laura J. Eckelman (lighting designer), Sarah Tunderman (projection designer) and A.J. Johnson (sound designer). For tickets, visit studiotheatre.org.

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