When I was 14, my late father Larry invited me to go see this new movie with him,
“It’s called Carrie,” he told me. “Welcome Back Kotter’s John Travolta is in.”
“Ah,” I replied. “So I bet it was funny.”
Well, on the contrary. Carrie was a horror movie and after a scary final scene I barely slept for weeks. Years later, a remake hit theaters. In 1988, Carrie: The Musical debuted on Broadway and ended after just 16 previews and five performances when backers pulled out of the production, despite it selling out. In 2012, he returned to the Off Broadway stage and Montreal music producer Noelle Hannibal was in the audience. “When I saw it, I immediately said, ‘Oh my god, I have to do this show,’ and it may have taken a decade, but I’m so glad it’s happening,” he told me. she said. “If it hadn’t been for the pandemic, it would have been earlier.”
of Hannibal In the Wings Promotions (ITW) is indeed staging its first in-person production since late 2019. Carrie: The Musical features music and lyrics by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford and the book by Lawrence D. Cohen (ironically my late father’s name) and is based on Stephen King’s novel. Directed and choreographed by Nadia Verrucci under the musical direction of Ian Baird, it will take place from May 5 to 14, 2022 at main theater to Montreal.
In this contemporary rock musical, based on King’s novel, Carrie White is a teenage outcast yearning to fit in. At school, she is bullied by the popular mob and virtually invisible to everyone. At home, she is dominated by her loving but cruelly controlling religious fanatic mother. What neither of them know is that Carrie has just discovered that she has a special power, and if pushed too far, she isn’t afraid to use it.
The cast includes Frankie Kobelt of Côte Saint-Luc as Carrie White, Hannibal as Margaret White, Maya Lewis as Sue Snell, Jonathan Vanderzon as Tommy Ross, Aly Slominski as Chris Hargensen, Dylan Stanley as Billy Nolan, Maria Del Real as Miss Gardner, Michel Mastromonaco as Mr. Stephens, Éloïse Lagacé as Norma, Jess Nicholas as Frieda, Lucas Amato as Freddy, and Dominic Poulin as George.
See my video chat with Hannibal, Kobelt and Vanderzon.
Hannibal notes that the musical is not as horrifying as the film. For example, the film’s shocking final scene will not be in the script.
Kobelt, 26, confessed to seeing Carrie the first time in film when she was nine years old. Vanderzon first grabbed it recently after being cast as Tommy.
Hannibal says she waited until spring to put the show together because to make it financially viable she needs to be able to put Mainline’s 88 seats up for sale. Previous COVID-19 protocols would not have allowed this. Regardless of what the Government of Quebec decides by then, masks will be required for people in the audience.
The shows are May 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2022 at 8 p.m. and May 8 at 3 p.m. The MainLine Theater is located at 3997 boul. Saint Laurent. Tickets are: $36.50 general admission (taxes and fees included) and $30.50 (taxes and fees included) for students, seniors and CAEA, ACTRA, UdA & QDF members. Login to http://www.mainlinetheatre.ca or call 514-849-FEST (3378).