You know that awesome moment when you first get a new cast recording home and turn up the volume? When you’re finally hearing the songs that have previously only existed in your memory, and you are so fucking happy you’re belting the lyrics like you’re actually some kind of star?
Turns out the real stars like to do that too. Know how I know?
Because last night I went to a listening party at 54 Below for the Carrie cast recording, where I watched the actors bounce up in their seats and sing along to their solos, applaud each other’s fierce performances, and generally act just like any other theater fan. Only, of course, they’re not just theater fans. They’re just sliiightly more important than that.
Before anyone pushed play on the album, Ted Chapin—head of the Rogers & Hammerstein organization—stood on the stage and spoke about how this recording would be a part of the legacy of Carrie. Of the entire show and its place in our collective memory as theater fans and artists. It was pretty cool concept to consider.
Know what else was cool? Watching the young cast—chock full of theater’s next-big-things—kick back, have some awesome themed cocktails, and hang out with their friends. Besides cast members who you’d expect to see, like Andy Mientus, Molly Ranson, Marin Mazzie, Derek Klena, Ben Thompson and F Michael Haynie, I spotted Laura Osnes, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Chanler-Berat, Meghann Fahy, Jenn Damiano and Wesley Taylor circulating about. For a hot second, I chatted with composer Drew Gasparini and actor/book-writer Alex Brightman about the new serial-killer musical they’re working on called Make Me Bad. And I snagged an extra copy of the cast recording to give away to one lucky reader.
Want to win? It’s pretty easy. Just make sure you’re following us on the Twitter, then tweet (or re-tweet) the following message:
I want to get carried away with a copy of the new Carrie cast recording from @thecraptacular. RT and follow to win!
We’ll pick a winner Monday and get that cast recording on its way to you ASAP. Sorry we can’t send the cast along with it.