K-La Rivera and Markki Stroem topbill theatrical version of Carrie

Oct 2, 2013


"Atlantis Productions recently opened the first production of the legendary musical Carrie outside the United States to critical acclaim at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati.

"Carrie, based on the modern classic by Stephen King, with music by Academy Award Winner Michael Gore, Lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford and a Book by Lawrence D. Cohen (who wrote the screenplay of the Brian de Palma film), tells the tragic story of a misunderstood high school teenager named Carrie White with extraordinary telekinetic powers. Terrorized by her oppressive religious fanatic mother and bullied by her classmates, Carrie’s violent rampage of revenge remains one of the most terrifying stories of all time.

"Carrie first premiered on Broadway 25 years ago and, after numerous revisions, was recently revived at the MCC Theatre Off-Broadway. Carrie’s Book Writer Lawrence D. Cohen was the guest of honor on opening night and was thrilled with the show.

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"K-La Rivera, who made her professional stage debut with Atlantis Productions two years ago in In the Heights, has assumed the role of Carrie, which she had to learn in only 6 days after the original actress had to withdraw from the production due to illness.

"Award-winning musical theatre actress Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo plays the Bible bashing mother, Margaret White. Mikkie Bradshaw, who has appeared in productions of Nine, Disney’s Aladdin and Rock of Ages, will be take on her first lead role, playing Carrie White. Markki Stroem plays Tommy, Yanah Laurel plays Sue, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez plays Miss Gardner, Jill Peña plays Chris, Mako Alonso plays Billy and Jamie Wilson plays Mr. Stephens. Joining them in the ensemble are Garie Concepcion, Johann Dela Fuente, Nel Gomez, Lilette Lorenzana, Kim Molina and Bibo Reyes,

"Bobby Garcia, who directs Carrie and marks 20 years of directing this year, says, “It has been a dream come true directing Carrie. It is a musical that I have been a fan of for 25 years. I have been working closely with the writers of the musical who have been so generous and supportive of our production. It is a beautifully tragic retelling of the Cinderella story with an amazing Broadway pop score. We have assembled a fantastic cast and K-La Rivera delivers a phenomenal, once in a lifetime performance that you have to see to believe.”

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"Carrie features Choreography by Cecile Martinez, Musical Direction by Ceejay Javier, Set Design by Otto Hernandez, Lighting Design by Martin Esteva, Costume Design by Raven Ong, Hair and Make Up Design by Johann dela Fuente, Projection Design by GA Fallarme, Assistant Direction by Jamie Wilson and Vocal Coaching by ManMan Angsico.

"Atlantis Productions was also given special permission by the writers of the musical to release a limited edition 4-track EP CD of Carrie featuring the Original Manila Cast. The CD which features the songs "Carrie," "Unsuspecting Hearts, "You Shine," and "When There's No One" will be released in time for the opening of the musical and will be available for sale at the theatre lobby and at Atlantis Productions. The CD is produced by Atlantis Productions, Hit Productions and Curve Entertainment, Inc.

"Carrie continues Atlantis Productions’ 14th season which opened with a hit production of Pam Gems’ PIAF starring Pinky Amador, followed by a repeat run of Rock of Ages, and will conclude with the family Broadway musical The Addams Family, which will star Eula Valdez, Arnel Ignacio and K-La Rivera.

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"Carrie runs until October 6. For exact showdates and tickets, call Atlantis Productions at Tel. No. 892-7078 or Ticketworld at Tel. No. 891-9999."

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