Ghostlight Records announced today that they will go into the recording studio with the cast of Carrie next week, April 17, to record the first-ever cast album. Release dates for the album will be announced at a later time.
The cast recording of Carrie will be produced by the show’s composer Michael Gore alongside multi-Grammy Award-winner Joel Moss, with Ghostlight Records’ Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer.
On the announcement that Ghostlight would be releasing the cast album of Carrie, book writer Lawrence D. Cohen said: "It's enormously gratifying to know that after its 80-performance resurrection on stage at the Lortel Theater, Carrie will continue its rebirth with the cast recording of the MCC Production. After seeing a preview of the show, English critic Mark Shenton blogged that the new version 'proves that miracles can happen,' and this is another sign for us as its authors that they continue to do so."
Composer Michael Gore added: "I'm extremely proud of this score, and it's a thrill to be recording this new MCC production with this fantastic cast. There have been so many requests for a recording over the years, so it's wonderful to be sending this out into the world at last!"
And Ghostlight President Kurt Deutsch says: “Preserving Carrie with the first real cast album insures that SHE will never die. I look forward to releasing on Ghostlight and hope that this album sparks the imagination the next generation of musical theatre artists and builds excitement for future productions to be licensed both nationally and internationally.”
MCC Theater’s (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) production of Carrie closed following Sunday evening’s performance (after 34 previews and 46 performances), concluding an initial 8-week run and 2-week extension.
The newly reworked and fully re-imagined production of Carrie features music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford (Academy Award winning composer and lyricist for the original film Fame) and a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (who also adapted the 1974 novel by Stephen King for the 1976 Brian DePalma film). Performances for Carrie began January 31, 2012, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) and officially opened on March 1, 2012; the show was originally scheduled to run through March 25, 2012.
Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn't been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie stars Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie (Next to Normal, Kiss Me Kate) as Carrie's evangelical mother, Margaret White, and Molly Ranson (Jerusalem, August: Osage County) as the lonely, vengeful, yet fragile girl at the center of it all. The cast also includes Christy Altomare, Carmen Cusack, Jeanna de Waal, Derek Klena, Ben Thompson, Wayne Wilcox, Corey Boardman, Blair Goldberg, F. Michael Haynie, Andy Mientus, Elly Noble, Jen Sese, Mackenzie Bell, Jake Boyd and Anne Tolpegin.