'Carrie: The Musical' comes to New Century

Updated 10/2/2013

Plus: New season for Minnesota Dance Theatre.

Jill Iverson in “Carrie: The Musical.”
Photo by Laurie Etchen

OPENING

‘Carrie: The Musical’

The musical version of “Carrie” was a total flop on Broadway in 1988, going down in theater history despite running for only five performances. Twenty-five years later, the original creators — Michael Gore (music), Dean Pitchford (lyrics) and Lawrence D. Cohen (book) — have teamed up with director Stafford Arima to retell the story about a bullied teenage girl with deadly kinetic powers, based on Stephen King’s 1974 thriller. Since it debuted off-Broadway last year, it’s received decidedly better reviews, including nominations for a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding revival of a musical — and Time magazine’s admission that “the show has guts.” (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. next Thu. Ends Oct. 27. $24-$29. New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-455-9501. www.hennepintheatretrust.org.) Jahna Peloquin

Minnesota Dance Theatre

MDT starts its 2013-14 season with a fresh perspective, specifically the addition of Charles Askegard as associate artistic director. The Cowles Center program includes a world premiere, “Serenade for Two,” from Askegard, who trained as a child with MDT before performing with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. Artistic director Lise Houlton will also unveil a work that explores a series of “What if?” scenarios called “Edifice Wrecks,” created in collaboration with Dane Stauffer. Also included are repertory works from Eliot Feld and MDT founder Loyce Houlton. (8 p.m. Fri-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. $32-$36. Ends Oct. 13. Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-206-3600 or www.thecowlescenter.org.) Caroline Palmer

CONTINUING

‘Fiddler on the Roof’

“Fiddler” helped Chanhassen Dinner Theatre turn the corner on success when it ran for 53 weeks in 1971-72. Keith Rice plays Tevye in Michael Brindisi’s new production, the theater’s first since 1993. Others in the cast are Jared Oxborough (who just finished with “Joseph”) and Molly Sue McDonald as the fiddler. The musical, about a milkman trying to preserve his religious traditions in czarist Russia, is one of the most successful in Broadway history. (8 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 1 & 8 p.m. Sat., 6:30 p.m. Sun., 8 p.m. Tue., 1 & 8 p.m. Wed. Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen, $47-$82. Ends Feb. 22. 952-934-1525 or www.chanhassentheatres.com.) Graydon Royce