Monday, October 25, 2021

review - CARRIE, THE MUSICAL - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Lauren Youngstedt and Kathleen Berger
photo by JT Turner / Jack Sprat Consulting
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 October 31

"Based on Stephen King's popular horror novel of the same name, the 1988 Broadway production of the musical Carrie closed after running just a few days and became known as one of the biggest musical flops of all time....director Stafford Arima who, 20 years later, worked with the musical's original creative team to fix a lot of what was wrong with the 1988 production. That revised version premiered Off-Broadway in 2012 and got good notices. That is the version that Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is presenting in a solid production with smart direction that includes some very original touches and a cast who deliver effective portrayals....director Chris R. Chávez does a fantastic job with a show that has many challenges. He ensures the performances are realistic and truthful and that they never border on camp or elicit unintentional laughter. He also makes certain that the creepy and horror elements in the story are presented appropriately. ... Lauren Youngstedt is fantastic as Carrie. She perfectly depicts the shy and afraid outcast with her downtrodden eyes, fidgety gestures and hands that are always nervously clutching at her clothing. When she realizes what she's capable of, she becomes a different person, with the weight of the world finally off of her shoulders. Her powerful singing voice does well on Carrie's many songs. Kathleen Berger is a powerhouse as Margaret...With stellar direction and a great cast, those who are fans of Carrie, or who have heard about the musical but haven't seen it on stage, should not be disappointed with Desert Stages' production."  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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