The production I saw was so confusing on this point, because during "In" they had a video projection which showed clips from the Columbine massacre/shooters videos, combined with projections of those early sensationalist headlines that first came out about them targeting jocks and being bullied. I... think they were trying to make that point? like oh hey this is what happens when you bully people!
This production also didn't have special effects for Carrie's telekinesis, it had "two" Carries. One who represented her powers and would come out and move things and shove people but we were supposed to ignore that it was a person doing them. They made some... choices.
The musical itself has potential for some interesting conversations but directors need to focus on what's actually there instead of trying to throw in hamfisted messages. Like--talk about bullying. Talk about how bullying others can lead them to become bullies themselves. Talk about why people bully, how it makes them feel. Hell, something that got brought up in an online talkback for the show I saw (they had everyone in the audience fill out questionnaires) was that so, so many people were eager to see the 'blood' get dumped on Carrie and even expressed worries that they were going to just use lighting or petals or another special affect. I admit I felt the same--I remember thinking I would have felt "robbed" if we didn't see it. But why? Why was everyone so eager to see it?
I've never seen the video of the original Do Me a Favor. That's hilarious. Those comparison videos are nice. I miss "God has seen your sinning just beginning/Pray for your salvation from damnation/Pray or he will burn you/He will burn you" from The Destruction.
Have you ever read Not Since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Flops? There was also supposed to be a tell-all book about the Carrie musical called 'What Were They Thinking?' from the person behind the revival but it got shelved for legal reasons.