When thinking of which movies should be made into musicals I’d venture to guess “Carrie,” the 1976 Stephen King Horror flick, would not have been on the top of anyone’s lists. But yet it somehow made it’s way to Broadway in 1988 where it became a spectacular — flop.
But even though critics panned the show, all five regular shows were sold out and several of them received standing ovations. Despite the audiences appearing to love the musical the financial backers pulled the plug and “Carrie” would forever be remembered as one of the most expensive Broadway flops of all time.
In 2012 the show made its way to Off-Broadway after being revamped with several of the original songs being replaced.
And it makes perfect sense that Slow Burn Theater has tackled the musical bringing it to audiences in South Florida. Slow Burn is known has producing lesser-known shows and turning them into regional hits.
“Carrie: The Musical” is no exception. The show stays true to the film and novel, so if you’ve seen the movie or read the book you know the story: outcast Carrie White is bullied and humiliated by her classmates and ends up destroying everything in her path with her newly discovered telekinetic powers.
The show should really resonate in the LGBT community, since so many of us grew up feeling like outcasts and/or being bullied in school.
“It brought back memories from when I was bullied. I could relate to Carrie, ” said Jeff Wolmetz, who also saw the original Broadway show in 1988. “I loved the show. It was fantastic.”
While the horror genre and anticipation of blood and gore may scare some people away let me assure you this is a must see musical for the LGBT community. Slow Burn does an excellent job of staying away from any blood and gore.
I personally would have liked to see more but I understand it makes sense for them to not go in that direction. Instead the focus was on Carrie and her torturous upbringing.
“Carrie: The Musical” runs through Nov. 2, at West Boca Raton Community High School, 12811 W. Glades Rd. in Boca Raton. Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $25 at SlowBurnTheatre.org.