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(left to right) Sam Button-Harrison, Alex Newkirk, Demi Zaino, Britain Gebhardt and Amanda Giles in a publicity image for Underscore Theatre Company’s world premiere musical CARRIE 2: THE RAGE (An Unauthorized Musical Parody). Photo by Alex Higgin-Houser.
Underscore Theatre Company has announced the cast and production team for its world premiere of CARRIE 2: THE RAGE (An Unauthorized Musical Parody) with book, music and lyrics by Preston “Max” Allen.
Co-directed by Isaac Loomer and Rachel Elise Johnson, the production features Demi Zaino as Rachel, Alex Newkirk as Jesse, Britain Gebhardt as Sue Snell and David Kaplinsky as Producer/Arnie with Sam Button-Harrison, Amanda Giles, Carissa Gonzalez, Michael Idalski, Annie Pfohl, Taylor Snooks and Joe Wesolowski.
The production team includes T.J. Anderson (music direction), Eric Luchen (scenic design), Rachel Johnson and Isaac Loomer (costume design), Erik Barry (lighting design), Timothy McNulty (sound design), Mealah Heidenreich (props design), Andrew Lynn (production manager), Karla Meyer (sound engineer), Eli Nelson (stage manager) and Josh Prisching (technical director, master electrician).
More than a decade after Carrie White burned her high school to the ground with her mind, goth teenager Rachel Lang has her own issues to deal with, and Sue Snell, Carrie’s former classmate and Rachel’s guidance counselor, must grapple with surprising similarities between the two outcasts before history repeats itself. Framed as a backer’s auction for a ridiculously ambitious Broadway production, this irreverent meta-musical pokes fun at the entire “Carrie” canon through a punchy, rock-infused score.
CARRIE 2: THE RAGE runs October 13 – November 19, 2017 at The Arkham, 4609 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Single tickets go on sale Monday, September 18, 2017 at underscoretheatre.org.