Stephen King’s twisted Cinderella story, Carrie the musical is making its much-anticipated Queensland debut next year – set to shock audiences with its rawness and violence.
In January 2016, Brisbane audiences will come face to face with the legendary Carrie White, as she bleeds onto the stage of Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre.
Carrie the musical is no spoof. The work is designed to give audiences a thrill, with music from Academy Award winners Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore (the musical geniuses behind such hits as Fame), together with original writer Lawrence D. Cohen (known also for It and South Pacific).
Carrie’s Broadway season shocked critics and audiences alike when it debuted almost 27 years ago. Today, it retains all of that shock-value.
Director Zoë Tuffin says she’s determined to bring the grit, rawness and violence of King’s novel to the stage.
“I hope audiences will be more than a little spooked” she says.
For its Queensland Premiere, Wax Lyrical Productions has established a team that showcases the Sunshine State’s brightest musical theatre talents.
Brisbane cabaret and jazz singer, Jacqui Devereux (Chicago, Jersey Boys, Spamalot, High School Musical, Mary Poppins, Hairspray, Rock Of Ages), owns the role of Margaret White, Carrie’s fundamentalist-Christian mother.
Joining Devereux is rising star Georgina Hopson (Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance) who plays Sue Snell, the sole survivor of Carrie’s murder-spree and the audience’s guide on this tour of small-town hell. Hopson joins the cast after her recent stint as one of the six national finalists for the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award.
Sophie Perkins, a recent graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium’s Musical Theatre program also joins the production, playing the titular role of Carrie.
Be prepared for blood to flow!
Carrie the musical will be playing from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 30 January in the Visy Theatre at Brisbane Powerhouse. For more information visit www.brisbanepowerhouse.org or call 3358 8600.