“When did everybody decide I’m the one who’s the flop!?” The evolution of CARRIE…..

worth a trip to Canada for!


In the early 1980’s, Michael Gore and Lawrence Cohen took in a highly acclaimed performance of Alban Berg’s 1930s classic LULU at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Afterwards, while walking to a restaurant on the Upper West Side, a thought occurred to them: if Berg were still alive today, he might have chosen CARRIE, Stephen King’s novel about a telekentic teenager who destroys the tormenting student body of her school, as an inspiration for an opera. This provocative notion led to a discussion of the possibilities of such an endeavour — not as an opera, but instead, as a piece of musical theatre.  Little did they know that the ideas they’d discuss that night would lead to one of the most famous, or infamous, titles in the modern musical theatre cannon.

There are a great number of people who think they know the story of CARRIE, and it’s certainly become a topic most…

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