Carrie musical set for New York comeback

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Sissy Spacek with Piper Laurie in Carrie
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Sissy Spacek (l) played the Carrie role in Brian De Palma's 1976 film

The musical version of Stephen King's horror novel Carrie will be revived in New York in January, 24 years after it first flopped on Broadway.

The original production received a critical mauling in 1988 and ran for just 21 performances.

Based on Stephen King's 1974 novel, it told of a high school misfit who uses telekinesis to punish her tormentors.

The off-Broadway MCC Theater said half of the show's songs would be different in the revamped show.

Molly Ranson, currently appearing in Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem on Broadway, will play the title role, with Broadway veteran Marin Mazzie as her mother.

Carrie's original creators - writer Lawrence D Cohen, composer Michael Gore and lyricist Dean Pitchford - have all collaborated on the revival.

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Linzi Hateley starred in the original 1988 production

Stafford Arima will direct the new production, which will open at New York's Lucille Lortel theatre on 31 January next year.

According to the New York Times, the 1988 original lost more than $7m (£4.3m).

It started out life as a Royal Shakespeare company production, directed by Terry Hands and starring British actress Linzi Hateley as Carrie.

Hateley has since gone on to appear in a number of West End musicals and is currently playing the lead role in Mamma Mia!

King's novel was famously filmed in 1976, with Sissy Spacek as Carrie and a young John Travolta in a supporting role.

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