Riverdale Plots A “Carrie” Musical Episode Riverdale Plots A “Carrie” Musical Episode
The cast of Riverdale will be performing "Carrie: The Musical" in February. Riverdale Plots A “Carrie” Musical Episode

It will be a night to remember for Riverdale on Wednesday, April 18 as the cast performs “Carrie: The Musical.”

Warner Bros. has sent out an in-universe press release with details on which characters are performing in the production which will contain 11 songs. Interesting to note that Kevin Keller and Fangs Fogarty are working closely together on this, isn’t it?

You can find the press release below; a new episode of Riverdale airs tonight (January 24) at 8PM on The CW, and you can bet we will be discussing this news tonight on the Archie Digest Podcast!

THE RIVERDALE HIGH DRAMA DEPARTMENT PROUDLY PRESENTS ITS SPRING PRODUCTION
CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
TO BE DIRECTED BY KEVIN KELLER AND PRODUCED BY THE LODGE FAMILY

RIVERDALE, NY (January 24, 2018) — The Riverdale High Drama Department (RHDD), in conjunction with the Lodge Family, is pleased to present as its Spring Production, “Carrie: The Musical,” a dark-yet-catchy cautionary tale exploring the gritty realities of small-town high school life. Future Tony Winner Kevin Keller helms as director, combining iconic elements from the novel, 1976 movie, 1988 Broadway production, 2012 Off-Broadway revival, and 2013 remake to create a retro-yet-timeless interpretation of Stephen King’s horror classic. Additionally, a behind-the-scenes documentary following the making of “Carrie: The Musical” will be filmed by student videographer and journalist Jughead Jones.

The book of “Carrie: The Musical” was written by Lawrence D. Cohen, with lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and music by Michael Gore. The show debuted on Broadway in 1988 and ran for only 16 previews and 5 performances. But “Carrie” was given award-winning new life when it was reworked and revived Off-Broadway in 2012. It includes the unforgettable songs “The World According to Chris,” “A Night We’ll Never Forget,” and “Unsuspecting Hearts.”

Riverdale High’s tragic heroine Cheryl Blossom leads the cast as Carrie White in this avant-garde production, where she is antagonized by mean-girl Chris Hargensen (recent transplant Veronica Lodge) and supported by golden-couple Sue Snell and Tommy Ross (Riverdale High’s brightest, Betty Cooper and Archie Andrews). Special appearances by budding star Josie McCoy (playing sympathetic gym teacher Miss Gardner) and Riverdale High alum Alice Cooper (as Carrie White’s mother, Margaret).   

Adapted from Stephen King’s Carrie and produced by RHDD (Newsies, Kinky Boots, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town) in association with the Lodge Family (SoDale, Pickens Day 2018), “Carrie: The Musical” tells the story of a painfully shy, outcast teenage girl with telekinetic abilities who is oppressed by her peers and religious-zealot mother—until she’s pushed to her breaking point and unleashes a terrible revenge. The production stars Cheryl Blossom, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, Josie McCoy, Alice Cooper, Toni Topaz, Ethel Muggs, Midge Klump, and Moose Mason. Kevin Keller directs, with Assistant Director Fangs Fogarty. Special thanks to Fred Andrews of Andrews Construction for sets and lumber.

Mr. Jones’s documentary, entitled “A Night to Remember,” airs Wednesday April 18, 2018 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on the CW.

 

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