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Yes, there’s a ‘Carrie’ musical and it’s playing in Chula Vista

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Mary Grace Sumner stars in OnStage Playhouse’s “Carrie: The Musical.”
(Daren Scott)

The movie-based show flopped on Broadway but now it has a cult following

After donning a crooked tiara in 1988 as one of Broadway’s most notorious flops, “Carrie: The Musical” has since gained a full-blooded cult following.

Now, the stage adaptation of the 1976 horror film (and ’74 Stephen King novel) is ready for its next dance.

Teri Brown directs OnStage Playhouse’s production in Chula Vista, with Mary Grace Sumner as the telekinetically gifted Carrie White and Wendy Waddell as her deeply problematic mother, Margaret.

Those two are joined in the cast by Lauren Ashley, Jake Strohl, Sierra McMurtry, Leonardo Ebanks, Lenelle Wylie, Jon Agee, Gabriela Jentzsch, Dani Ucman, Stella Mae Coleman, Dylan Napieralski, Erik Mayuiers and Victor Reveles.

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“Carrie” holds an outsized place in Broadway lore, mostly by virtue of its short run: 16 previews and just five official performances. (Broadway wouldn’t be made safe for proms again until, well, “The Prom.”)

Still, the show’s stint was hardly Broadway’s most abbreviated: “Carrie” is no “Moose Murders” (which opened and closed on a single night in 1983) or “Face Value” (which closed before it even opened in 1993, although it did eventually spawn the successful off-Broadway play “Yellow Face”).

And in 2012, “Carrie” was resurrected off-Broadway in a revised version by writer Lawrence D. Cohen, lyricist Dean Pitchford and composer Michael Gore. It has since been picked up for productions around the country.

Now it arrives in the South Bay, and one thing the OnStage team is promising: There will be blood.

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RELATED: Check out my recent chat with the Broadway icon Betty Buckley, a star of the original “Carrie” movie and musical

“Carrie: The Musical”

When: Opens Friday. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Nov. 3.

Where: OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista.

Tickets: $22-$25.

Phone: (619) 422- 7787

Online: onstageplayhouse.org


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