Bailiwick Chicago Presents the Chicago Premiere of CARRIE: The Musical

2014-05-15-BC-CARRIE-Website-SliderBailiwick Chicago is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of the 2012 Off-Broadway revival version of CARRIE: The Musical, with book by original screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford, music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore, based on the novel by Stephen King, directed by Collective Member Michael Driscoll with choreography by Brigitte Ditmars and music direction by Collective Member Aaron Benham. This unique resurrection of 1988’s CARRIE: The Musical will play May 29 – July 12, 2014 at the Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.  Tickets are available at, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in-person at the Victory Gardens Box Office. The press performance is Sunday, June 1 at 7 pm.

CARRIE: The Musical will star Callie Johnson as Carrie (Pal Joey, Porchlight Music Theatre—Jeff Award; Next to Normal, Drury Lane Oak Brook) and Katherine L. Condit as Margaret White (Chess, Original Broadway Company; Joseph and A Chorus Line, National Tours). The cast also includes Collective Members Samantha DubinaKate Garassino and Ryan Lanning with Kasey AlfonsoMolly ColemanDamon GillespieKelly Anne KrauterHenry McGinnissConner MenhartSawyer SmithRochelle Therrien and George Toles.

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother.  But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it…

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, the show’s original authors have newly reworked and fully re-imagined the vision of this gripping tale. Set today in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, CARRIE: The Musical features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore (FameTerms of Endearment) and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford (FameFootloose).

The production team for CARRIE: The Musical includes Stephen H. Carmody (scenic designer), Raquel Adorno (costume designer), Charlie Cooper (lighting designer), Patrick Bley (sound designer) and Heather Stuck (stage manager).


Title:  CARRIE: The Musical

Book: Lawrence D. Cohen

Lyrics: Dean Pitchford

Music: Michael Gore

Based on: the novel by Stephen King

Director: Collective Member Michael Driscoll

Choreographer: Brigitte Ditmars

Music Direction: Collective Member Aaron Benham

Cast:  Collective Members Samantha Dubina (Chris), Kate Garassino (Ms. Gardner) and Ryan Lanning (Stephens/Bliss) with Kasey Alfonso (Norma), Molly Coleman (Frieda), Katherine L. Condit (Margaret White), Damon Gillespie (Freddie), Callie Johnson (Carrie), Kelly Anne Krauter (Helen), Henry McGinniss (Tommy), Conner Menhart (George), Sawyer Smith (Billy), Rochelle Therrien (Sue) and George Toles (Stokes).

Location:  Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Dates:  Previews:  Thursday, May 29 at 8 pmFriday, May 30 at 8 pm and Saturday, May 31 at 8 pm

Press performance:  Sunday, June 1 at 7 pm

Regular run Thursday, June 4 – Saturday, July 12, 2014

Curtain Times:  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 6 pm. Additional Industry Night performances Tuesday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: Previews: $15. Regular run: $40 ($30 groups of 10 or more). Tickets are available at, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in-person at the Victory Gardens Box Office.

About the Director:

Michael Driscoll (Director) has directed Blithe Spirit (GoodLuck Macbeth Theatre Company), Up For It and For Another (American Theatrt Company’s Big Shoulders Festival), The Last Five Years (Illinois State University) and the stage reading of Penumbra (Three Cat Productions). He has assistant directed the Jeff Award-winning production of The Original Grease and RENT (American Theater Company), Oh Coward! (Writers’ Theatre), See What I Wanna See (Bailiwick Chicago/Steppenwolf Garage Rep), Detective Partner Hero Villain (Strawdog Theatre), Sunday in the Park with George (Porchlight Music Theatre) and The Complete Works… (Abridged) (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). This fall he will be directing the 1970s horror-noir piece, Desperate Dolls at Strawdog Theatre and assistant directing The Diary of Anne Frank at Writers’ Theatre with Kimberly Senior. Michael is also the Director of Education at Bailiwick Chicago and a teaching artist. He has taught with American Theater Company, Northlight, Bailiwick Chicago, StageCoach Theatre Arts School and CCAP. He has presented his work, discussing theatre education’s impact on urban school environments, at the National Convention of Teachers of English, Chicago Arts Educators Forum, and the regional Illinois Theatre in Our Schools conference. Michael is a graduate of the Teaching Artist Development Studio in Chicago, a professional development program designed to augment and refine the skills of the teaching artist. He is also a graduate of Illinois State University where he studied theatre education and directing.


Bailiwick Chicago is a non-profit professional company with a mission to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals and develop new work, while sharing a powerful and authentic theatrical experience. The company celebrates and engages our community through diverse programming, artistic partnerships and outreach opportunities. In its first three seasons Bailiwick Chicago has garnered 62 award nominations, including eight Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominations in its 2013-14 Season.  For additional information, visit

The 2013–14 Season also marks Bailiwick Chicago’s participation in Victory Gardens Theater’s inaugural Resident Theater Program. 

Bailiwick Chicago Staff:

Artistic Director: Lili-Anne Brown

Executive Director: Kate Garassino

Creative Director: Eric Martin

Managing Director: Geoff Bleeker

Director of Education: Michael Driscoll