Friday, February 21, 2020

review - CARRIE, THE MUSICAL - Brelby Theatre Company

DeAnna McMahan and Alixandra Giordano
photo by Helen Morris
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through March 1st

"The 1988 Broadway production of the musical Carrie, which is based on Stephen King's popular horror novel, was notorious for having closed after running just a few performances and for basically being called one of the worst musicals ever....twenty years after its initial failure, (the creators) regrouped, rewrote much of the book, revised lyrics, cut some songs, and added new songs to create a more successful version. That revised show ran Off-Broadway in 2012 and has since been produced internationally; it is currently being presented in a smartly directed, well-cast, solid production at Brelby Theatre Company....Director Shelby Maticic is to be commended for taking on this somewhat challenging show....Maticic and her cast manage to provide some spooky and chilly moments on a very limited budget....Maticic does an exceptional job deriving rich and effective performances from her cast...Alixandra Giordano is perfect as Carrie....Through Giordano's beautifully stated performance, it's easy to feel Carrie's pain from all of the rotten things the kids, and even her mother, are saying and doing to her....two very good actresses in the lead roles and a cast who are committed to ensuring the theme of bullying and the plight of outsiders and the religiously lost are front and center. It's a minimal yet imaginative production with very good creative aspects. ..."  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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