“Carrie,” one of Broadway's most infamous flops, is making its first appearance in Chicago. The campy musical, recently revived off-Broadway where it flopped again, will be the summer production of Bailiwick Chicago at the Richard Christiansen Theatre at the Biograph Theatre.
Artistic director Lili-Anne Brown said that her company had been pursuing “Carrie” and decided to change its upcoming season once rights became available. The production, she said, will be “fun and a teeny bit campy but we also want to really address what it feels like to be a teenager.” “Carrie,” slated for prom season in May 2014, will replace the planned production of “Applause.”
In the spring, Bailiwick will now stage the Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens musical “Dessa Rose,” replacing the previously planned production of “Bootycandy.” “Dessa Rose,” first seen at New York's Lincoln Center, will also be a Chicago premiere.
Chicago audiences are also familiar with Hell in an Handbag's “Scarrie,” also a parody of Stephen King’s novel and subsequent movie, and also bloody.