“…once you see, you can't unsee.”

Dean Pitchford, Lyricist
"Eschewing easy irony... dug deep for the pathos"
Michael Schulman
The New Yorker
"Real weight and emotional conviction... the show has guts"
Richard Zoglin
"Extensively reworked... presented in the best possible taste"
Ben Brantley
The New York Times
"Arima's production is indeed cohesive"
James C. Taylor
Los Angeles Times
"Keeps the focus on the emotional heart of the story"
Michael Glitz
The Huffington Post
"Reanimated... the most shocking thing about it is how well it works"
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York

Director's Note

I had the fortune of seeing the third preview of the original Broadway production of Carrie in 1988. Twenty years later, I wrote the first email to my agent, John Buzzetti, expressing my interest in directing a one-night-only concert; four years after that I directed a full production of Carrie at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City. 

The complicated history of the musical from the original Stratford production to the short-lived Broadway production brought a tremendous amount of pressure on every person involved in the revival. The joy in that pressure was that everyone connected to the production was committed to bring to life this iconic story by Stephen King with new ideas and a fresh perspective. What an extraordinary journey on an extraordinary musical. 

A black and white photo of Stafford Arima standing with his arms crossed in dramatic lighting


Winner — Off Broadway Alliance Award
Best Musical Revival 

Nominee — Drama Desk Award
Best Musical Revival 

Nominee — Outer Critics Circle
Best Musical Revival 

Nominee — Drama League Award
Best Musical Revival


Premiere Cast Recording
Carrie: The Musical
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Vocal Selections
Carrie: The Musical
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by Chris Adams
Out For Blood: A Cultural History of Carrie the Musical
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Revival Production Credits

Book: Lawrence D. Cohen

Music: Michael Gore

Lyrics: Dean Pitchford

Musical Director: Mary-Mitchell Campbell

Choreographer: Matt Williams

Set: David Zinn

Lighting: Kevin Adams

Costumes: Emily Rebholz

Sound: Jonathan Deans

Projections: Sven Ortel

Vocal Design: AnnMarie Milazzo

Orchestrations: Doug Besterman

Producer: MCC Theater

Theatre: Lucille Lortel Theatre