What Were They Thinking? Carrie, from Book to Movie to Musical
What Were They Thinking? Carrie, from Book to Movie to Musical applause Books. Softcover. 208 pages. Published by Applause Books (HL.110285).
ISBN 147687462X. 6x9 inches.
What Were They Thinking: Carrie, from Book to Movie to Musical is an intensely personal chronicle, tracking Lawrence Cohen's almost four-decade history with Stephen King's classic fable, from reading the manuscript in 1973 while a reader for producer David Susskind, to writing the screenplay for the classic 1976 Brian de Palma film, from deciding to turn it into a musical (1984) to the controversial Royal Shakespeare Company and legendary Broadway production that crashed and burned (1988), to collaborating on its rebirth and resurrection Off-Broadway for MCC Theater in 2012.
Rarely has a theatrical account been so first person and insider based-naming names, telling never-before-told stories, and revealing what its creators were thinking. Passionate and visceral, it provides a highly informative and educational behind-the-scenes look into just how musicals are written and put together.
How did a show that even its harshest critic, Frank Rich, admitted “was a workable idea for a musical” and Ken Mandelbaum argued was “salvageable” go so far off track? How did an Oscar-winning composer and lyricist, plus the award-nominated screenwriter of the original film, mess up so badly? How did a musical that the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company chose as its follow-up to Les Misérables become such a train wreck? What were they thinking?
Follow the journey from its inception to its resurrection-thirteen theater award nominations; an award for Best Revival; the release of a long-awaited cast recording; and licensing by Rodgers and Hammerstein allowing Carrie to enter the global theater repertoire. Talk about a miracle and a happy ending.