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LOST FOOTAGE – Linzi Hateley Performs The Title Song from CARRIE: The Musical – 1988 Broadway Production – [VIDEO]

Perhaps the most misunderstood musical theater piece of the 20th century Carrie: The Musical started previews on April 28, 1988, at the Virginia Theatre on Broadway.

Ken Mandelbaum is quoted by Wollman, MacDermot, and Trask:

“Ken Mandelbaum writes of an audience divided during early previews, the curtain calls of which were greeted with a raucous mix of cheers and boos.  However, in an instant, when Linzi Hateley and Betty Buckley rose to take their bows, the entire theatre turned to a standing ovation.”

The show was sold out weeks in advance and did indeed receive standing ovations at some previews, as well as on opening night but that couldn’t save it.

Carrie: The Musical officially opened on May 12, 1988.  Hampered by scathing reviews by professional critics, the financial backers pulled their money out of the show, and it closed on May 15 after only 16 previews and 5 performances, guaranteeing its place in theatre history as one of the most expensive disasters of all time.

It wasn’t that Carrie:The Musical was a bad show.  It was just badly directed, over produced and horribly choreographed (Thank you Debbie Allen.) 

But Carrie: The Musical  wasn’t dead and she would be resurrected and produced Off-Broadway as a limited run show at the Lucille Lortel Theatre by MCC Theater. Marin Mazzie starred as Margaret White and Molly Ranson as Carrie.   Previews on January 31, 2012, and officially opened on March 1, 2012, and closed a month later to good solid reviews.  The MCC directors said: “MCC, the authors, and the director achieved what we all set out to do – to rescue Carrie from oblivion and to give her new life.

Below is “lost footage” of the original Carrie, Linzi Hateley singing the title song from the 1988 Broadway production from an old press video reel with the audio and video cleaned up.

WIN! – The “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” 50th Anniversary Edition Remastered Hi-Def DVD!

Just in time for Halloween!

Back2Stonewall.com along with Warner Borthers Home video are giving away 2 copies of the digitally remastered, hi-def re-issue of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – The 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-Ray or DVD copy your choice!)

In one of the most sensational, and over the top films ever., Bette Davis and Joan Crawford pulled out all the stops for their only collaboration ever creating an iconic horror classic birthing the psycho-biddy subgenre.

The restoration of the film is so masterfully done its a MUST HAVE for any movie fan but the big attractions are the plethora of bonus features on this two-DVD set.

The first of these is a documentary titled Bette and Joan: Blind Ambition (2005). In this 30-minute piece, a number of Hollywood experts comment on the lasting impact of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? There are also two separate programs about the lives of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Jodie Foster hosts a 1994 TNT documentary titled “All About Bette” (48 minutes), which details the fascinating life of Bette Davis. “Film Profile: Joan Crawford” is a 28-minute BBC program from 1967 where she is interviewed by Philip Jenkinson.

In addition to those features, there is also a two-minute excerpt from “The Andy Williams Show” (12/20/1962), with Bette Davis singing “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (sans makeup). There is also a “Behind the Scenes” (6:30) piece about the filming of the movie, which probably ran along with the trailers to promote it.

We have TWO COPIES of WJTBJ – 50th Anniverasry Edition to give away.

HOW TO WIN – Just send an email to me at Will@Back2Stonewall.com with Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? in the Subject line by Sunday October 21st @ Midnight and 2 Winners will be picked at random to recive this terrifing cult classic.

(ala’ Bette Davis) So send an email to Daddy today!


*Warner Brothers will be shipping the DVD to the lucky winner and are not able to send to PO Box address and winners must be within the United States.