• K-La saves ‘Carrie’


    K-La Rivera only had six days to learn the role of Carrie after the lead actress fell ill

    Atlantis Productions has successfully raised the curtain on the first production of the legendary musical Carrie outside the United States to critical acclaim at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati.

    Carrie, based on the modern classic by Stephen King—with music by Academy Award Winner Michael Gore; lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford; and a book by Lawrence Cohen (who also wrote the screenplay of the Brian de Palma film)—tells the tragic story of a misunderstood high school teenager named Carrie White with extraordinary telekinetic powers.

    Terrorized by her oppressive religious fanatic mother and bullied by her classmates, Carrie’s violent rampage of revenge remains one of the most terrifying stories of all time.

    Carrie first premiered on Broadway 25 years ago and, after numerous revisions, was recently revived at the MCC Theatre Off-Broadway. Cohen was the guest of honor on opening night and was thrilled with the show.

    K-La Rivera, who made her professional stage debut with Atlantis Productions in 2011 via In the Heights, has assumed the role of Carrie, which she had to learn in only six days after the original actress had to withdraw from the production due to illness. She took over from Mikkie Bradshaw who has appeared in productions of Nine, Disney’s Aladdin and Rock of Ages.

    Award-winning musical theatre actress Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo plays the Bible bashing mother, Margaret White, with the rest of the cast as follows: Markki Stroem as Tommy; Yanah Laurel as Sue; Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Miss Gardner; Jill Peña as Chris; Mako Alonso as Billy; and Jamie Wilson as Mr. Stephens. Joining them in the ensemble are Garie Concepcion, Johann dela Fuente, Nel Gomez, Lilette Lorenzana, Kim Molina and Bibo Reyes,

    Bobby Garcia, who is at the helm of Carrie while marking his 20th year of directing says, “It has been a dream come true directing Carrie. It is a musical that I have been a fan of for 25 years. I have been working closely with the writers of the musical who have been so generous and supportive of our production. It is a beautifully tragic retelling of the Cinderella story with an amazing Broadway pop score. We have assembled a fantastic cast and K-La Rivera delivers a phenomenal, once in a lifetime performance that you have to see to believe.”

    Atlantis Productions was also given special permission by the writers of the musical to release a limited edition four-track EP CD of Carrie featuring the Original Manila Cast. The CD is available for sale at the theater lobby and at Atlantis Productions. It is produced by Atlantis Productions, Hit Productions and Curve Entertainment Inc.

    For showdates and tickets call Atlantis Productions at 892-7078 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.


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