“Carrie,” the 1970s horror classic, is making its second appearance on the stage, with previews starting at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theater in January 2012. Everyone’s heard the story of Carrie–the social outcast who gets pig’s blood dumped on her at the prom. In a fit of telekinetic rage, she wreaks havoc on the school’s gym, then leaves it burning, killing everyone inside. (No one wants to be covered in pig’s blood, but mass murder is a bit of an overreaction).
“Carrie” first hit the Broadway stage in May 1988 for a lengthy three-night run. After abysmal reviews (contrary to what Joey from “Friends” thinks, abysmal is not a good thing) and five performances, the show closed. I’m not entirely sure, but that’s got to be some kind of record. Five performances, how bad could a show possibly be?
Apparently not bad enough to keep the original music, lyrics and book writers from attempting to revive the show 20+ years later. They’re describing the new “Carrie” to be ‘fully re-imagined’. Viewers can only hope; it seems like if they retain almost anything from the original Broadway show, it’s sure to be a disaster.
This is one story that I just can’t see being brought to the stage. The story is bizarre, and I just don’t see it working on stage. In addition, nightly faux-pig blood dumpings should make for one hell of a cleanup (I wouldn’t volunteer to be on that crew). But you know what they say, if at first you don’t succeed, try again.