Ghostlight Records to Celebrate First-ever Cast Recording of “ Carrie : the Musical”
FOR RELEASE IMMEDIATELY, PLEASE
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS TO CELEBRATE
FIRST-EVER CAST RECORDING OF
“ C A R R I E : T H E M U S I C A L ”
WITH LIVE AT BARNES & NOBLE
CAST PERFORMANCE & CD SIGNING
MARIN MAZZIE, MOLLY RANSON & CAST WILL BE JOINED
COMPOSERS MICHAEL GORE & DEAN PITCHFORD AND
BOOK WRITER LAWRENCE D. COHEN
AT BARNES & NOBLE (86th & LEXINGTON)
ON SEPTEMBER 25th
GHOSTLIGHT ALSO HOLDING FACEBOOK CONTEST
FOR FANS TO VOTE ON WHICH SONG THEY HEAR FIRST
New York, NY – Ghostlight Records will celebrate the release of Carrie: The Musical with a ‘Live at Barnes & Noble’ cast performance and CD signing for fans at 5pm on September 25th (the same day the disc is released) at Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th St. (at Lexington). Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie (Kiss Me Kate, Next to Normal) and breakout star Molly Ranson (Jerusalem, August: Osage County) will be joined by several cast members from the 2012 revival of the show: Christy Altomare (Spring Awakening), Derek Klena (Dogfight), Ben Thompson (Rent, American Idiot), F. Michael Haynie (Dogfight), Andy Mientus (NBC’s “Smash”), Elly Noble (Hair) and newcomer Jen Sese. Additionally, the show’s composers (Michael Gore & Dean Pitchford) and book writer (Lawrence D. Cohen) will be on hand. Fans who purchase the CD will be given priority seating. The event will include performances of several songs from the show followed by a CD signing with the cast and creative team.
In anticipation of the event, fans can log onto Ghostlight’s Facebook page and vote for which song they would like to hear in advance of the recording’s release. The songs up for consideration are: “Carrie”, “And Eve Was Weak”, “You Shine”, “When There's No One”, “Do Me a Favor” and “The World According to Chris”. Voting is now live and available through Thursday, September 6th. Once results are tabulated, Ghostlight will debut the winning song across its social media.
Carrie: The Musical was presented Off-Broadway in 2012 by MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director), and originally appeared on Broadway in 1988, featuring music & lyrics by Michael Gore & Dean Pitchford (the Academy Award®-winning composer and lyricist for the original film Fame) and a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, who also penned the film’s screenplay. The new recording, executive produced by Grammy Award® winner Kurt Deutsch (In the Heights), will be released on September 25th on iTunes, Amazon.com, and is available for pre-order at Sh-K-Boom’s website (http://sh-k-boom.com/carrie.shtml). A teaser trailer of the album can be viewed at http://youtu.be/JMAnEkybylM.
Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the musical Carrie tells the infamous tale of a troubled teenage girl (Ranson) whose tortured social life is made more unbearable by her oppressive religious fanatic mother (Mazzie). Before becoming a musical, the novel Carrie was famously adapted for the screen in the 1976 Brian DePalma film of the same name starring Sissy Spacek. Since then, in its various incarnations, it has become an iconic pop culture brand all its own, making the Ghostlight Records release a highly-anticipated event.
Carrie: The Musical – Premiere Cast Recording was produced by Joel Moss and Michael Gore, and features orchestrations by Tony Award® winner Doug Besterman (The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie), vocal design by AnnMarie Milazzo, and music direction and arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell.
In addition to Marin Mazzie and Molly Ranson, the cast recording features cast members Christy Altomare, Carmen Cusack, Jeanna de Waal, Derek Klena, Ben Thompson, Wayne Alan Wilcox, Corey Boardman, Blair Goldberg, F. Michael Haynie, Andy Mientus, Elly Noble, and Jen Sese.
Appearing on the recording are Mary-Mitchell Campbell, conductor/keyboard; Adam Wachter, keyboard; Craig Magnano & Dillon Kondor, guitars; Brian Hamm, bass; Damien Bassman, drums/percussion; and Alisa Horn, cello.
The 2012 Off-Broadway production of Carrie was directed by Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz, The Secret Garden), with choreography by Matt Williams, set design by David Zinn, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Kevin Adams (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), sound design by Jonathan Deans, projection design by Sven Ortel, fight direction by Rick Sordelet, wig and hair design by Leah J. Loukas. Performances of Carrie began January 31, 2012, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) and officially opened on March 1, 2012. All future performance rights to Carrie are licensed by R&H Theatricals (www.rnh.com).
Carrie: The Musical – Premiere Cast Recording Track Listing
3 Open Your Heart
4 And Eve Was Weak
5 The World According To Chris
6 Evening Prayers
7 Dreamer In Disguise
8 Once You See
9 Unsuspecting Hearts
10 Do Me A Favor
11 I Remember How Those Boys Could Dance
12 A Night We'll Never Forget
13 You Shine
14 Why Not Me?
15 Stay Here Instead
16 When There's No One
17 Prom Arrival
18 Unsuspecting Hearts (Reprise)
19 Dreamer In Disguise (Reprise)
20 Prom Climax
21 Alma Mater
22 The Destruction
23 Carrie (Reprise)
Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 120 records in the last 12 years, featuring the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s biggest stars. Founded by Kurt Deutsch and wife Sherie Rene Scott, the label was created by and for the Broadway community and has reinvented the musical theatre recording landscape through their high-quality recordings, innovative marketing techniques to reach the next generation of Broadway music fans, and the creation of a new type of ‘United Artists’ environment for Broadway producers and artists to participate in the funding and co-ownership of their albums. Ghostlight recently celebrated a major milestone with their Grammy-winning release of The Book of Mormon, which became the first Broadway cast recording to break into Billboard’s Top 10 since the original 1969 release of Hair, as well as taking its place as the biggest-selling digital release of a cast recording of all time. In addition, their release of the smash hit Newsies debuted #1 on the iTunes Soundtracks chart and in the Top 15 of the overall iTunes chart, and also won the Tony Award® for Best Original Score. Also recently released on the label are the new Grammy-nominated cast recording of Anything Goes, plus the OCRs Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, as well as solo albums from some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Alice Ripley, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. In recent Broadway seasons, Ghostlight has preserved the scores of some of Broadway's most well-known musicals, including the Grammy Award-winning In the Heights, plus Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone.
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