The musical Carrie has become legendary among a certain subset of musical theater-obsessed New Yorkers. The 1988 Broadway show based on the 1974 Stephen King horror novel, earned its own special place in New York theater history as the “Prom Queen of Bad Musicals,” closing after just 16 previews and five performances.
But like the character at the end of the 1976 movie version directed by Brian De Palma, Carrie just ... won't ... let ... go. MCC Theater has mounted a new production of Carrie at the Lucille Lortel Theater directed by Stafford Arima. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has seen Carrie, and he lets us know if it's a proper musical theater horror show -- or just a horror.