Holly and Chris’s dreams come true as they chat with members of the original cast of Carrie the Musical over wine, including Charlotte D’Amboise (Chris), Sally Ann Triplett (Sue) and legendary OG Carrie White herself, Linzi Hateley, not to mention several members of the half-British, half-American ensemble and crew.
The cast share their audition stories and their first experiences in the rehearsal room – including their memories of navigating the unusual choreographer/director pairing of Debbie Allen and Terry Hands – and describe what happens when you throw together 30 young, sexy musical theatre performers in a quaint English town full of pubs.
We also investigate why the Royal Shakespeare Company got involved in all this chaos in the first place, and learn the truth about an infamous misunderstanding that will define the iconic design of this very unusual musical.
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Thanks this week to Dean Pitchford, Linzi Hateley, Sally Ann Triplett, Charlotte D’Amboise, Georgia Otterson, Michelle Du Verney, Shelley Hodgson, Suzanne Thomas, Joey McKneeley, Kenny Linden, Eric Gilliom, Michelle Nelson Manne, Jeremy Sturt, Wendi Peters and Mark Shenton.
THIS WEEK’S LINKS:
- Mark Shenton’s excellent blog can be found at shentonstage.com.
- The RSC was inspired to develop Carrie after its first commercial musical Les Miserables was a hit in London and New York – clips from the original production (and here’s the legendary Linzi Hateley performing in it after leaving Carrie).
- Carrie co-producer Fritz Kurtz had found success transferring English mega-musicals to Germany including Starlight Express, which is still running.
- Terry Hands defends the unusual production model of Carrie in this 1988 Washington Post article.
- Imelda Staunton as a mature Dorothy in the RSC’s The Wizard of Oz
- Debbie Allen as Lydia Grant in Fame.
- The iconic Barbara Cook in the 1960 production of The Music Man.
- Darlene Love sings on Phil Spector’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). It may be January but we can still enjoy this.
- The talented Gene Anthony Ray dances in Fame.
- The Carrie Playbill, featuring the ensemble playing themselves.
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