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Sutton Foster, Marin Mazzie, Molly Ranson and More Sign on for Carrie Reading

Sutton Foster, Marin Mazzie, Molly Ranson and More Sign on for Carrie Reading

Sutton Foster

Foster, Mazzie, Damiano and more will appear in the musical's reading on November 20.

Tony winner Sutton Foster (as gym teacher Miss Gardner), Marin Mazzie (as Margaret White), Jennifer Damiano (as Sue), Molly Ranson (in the title role) as well as Diana DeGarmo, John Arthur Greene, Philip Hoffman and Matt Doyle will head the big-name cast assembled for the Equity reading of Carrie: The Musical, the stage adaptation of the Stephen King novel and subsequent film. Directed by Stafford Arima and featuring musical direction by Stephen Oremus, the reading will be presented for for an invited audience on November 20.

In addition to Foster (Shrek, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Mazzie (Passion, Ragtime), Damiano (Next to Normal), Ranson (August: Osage County), DeGarmo (Hairspray, The Toxic Avenger), Greene (West Side Story), Hoffman (A Catered Affair, Fiddler on the Roof) and Doyle (Bye Bye Birdie, Spring Awakening), the reading will feature Corey Boardman, Lilli Cooper, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Benjamin Eakeley, Emily Ferranti, Kyle Harris, Kaitlin Kiyan, Max Kumangai, Mackenzie Mauzy, Preston Sadleir, Jonathan Schwartz, Bud Weber and Sasha Weiss.

Carrie tells the story of a shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers. Raised by a domineering Christian fundamentalist mother in a small New England town, Carrie is frequently attacked as an outcast by her classmates and peers. The book, which culminates in a deadly prom and bucket of blood, was adapted into a film in 1976 starring Sissy Spacek in the title role, Piper Laurie as her mother and Betty Buckley as Carrie's gym teacher.

The show's original creators—composer Michael Gore, lyricist Dean Pitchford and librettist Lawrence D. Cohen—are reportedly revisiting and rewriting the material for the new reading.

After 16 previews, Carrie opened at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre, home of Jersey Boys) on May 12, 1988 and closed three days later on May 15, 1988. British director Terry Hands led a cast featuring Tony winner Betty Buckley as Margaret White, Linzi Hateley as Carrie White, Darlene Love as gym teacher Miss Gardner, Charlotte d'Amboise as bad girl Chris, Fame TV star Gene Anthony Ray as Billy, and, in the ensemble, well-known dancers including Mary Ann Lamb, Joey McKneely and Scott Wise.

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