With the pandemic raging on so long and the return of Broadway shows nowhere in site there is not a theater queen out there who is not having withdrawals. So let’s revisit the 1978 Broadway production of “Hello Dolly” starring Carol Channing, Eddie Bracken, and Lee Roy Reams as they perform “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” in this rare video treat.
Finally after 24 years, Broadway’s biggest flop, thanks to the horrible directin of Terry Hands and its 1980’s over the top “FAME” like choreography by Debbie Allen, “Carrie – the Musical” is FINALLY getting a cast recording thanks to a recent successful re-imagining off-Broadway run earlier this year that brought the show back from the theatrical dead.
The musical based on the Stephen King bestseller and movie starring Sissy Spacek. The original Broadway run started previews on April 28, 1988. After the final song, boos were heard mixed in with applause. However, when Linzi Hateley and Betty Buckley who played (Carrie and bible thumping mother Margaret White) rose to take their bows, the entire theatre turned to a standing ovation.
Despite the fact that the theatre was sold out every night,[the financial backers pulled their money out of the show, and it closed on May 15, 1988 after only 16 previews and 5 performances, guaranteeing its place in theatre history as one of the most expensive disasters of all time.
Below is one of the shows more outstanding numbers titled “And Eve Was Weak,” sung by Molly Ranson (as Carrie) and Marin Mazzie (as Margaret) from the 2012 Off-Broadway production.
Margaret White: [referring to Carrie’s prom gown] Red. I might have known it would be red.
Carrie White: It’s pink, Mama. [presenting her corsage] Look what Tommy gave me, Mama. Aren’t they beautiful?
Margaret White: I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will.
Carrie White: Breasts, Mama. They’re called breasts, and every woman has them.