The top version is Marin Mazzie's audio only in the revival, the second video is a bootleg of the song and the preceding prayer song between Carrie and Margaret in the same 2012 revival ("Eve" begins at 2:50) and the bottom one is Betty Buckley in the original Broadway production in 1988, although the first half of the video is superimposed with various production clips.
Now, Betty Buckley is one of the true legends of the stage and her voice is a force, in turn her rendition (and a live one at that) is spectacular. There’s a fallacy often promulgated which suggests that musical theatre is not conducive for every type of story, and I suspect that the horrific weirdness of Carrie might seem an odd choice for a musical but “And Eve Was Weak” is such a masterful example of the story’s theme. The book for Carrie was reportedly clunky, the direction, too, was reportedly frenetic but the score is a beauty and this is song is a particular gem. The recollection of the religious tone in the music, the reverberating nature of the lyrics – like a prayer, and the chilling final word from the Margaret, “Amen” all so finely encapsulate the nuanced character of Margaret White. Theatre actor/writer/ singer Seth Rudetsky expertly deconstructs Betty’s rendition of the song.
For now, I’ll go listen to Marin and especially Betty singing “And Eve Was Weak” on a loop. Through the bootleg both women still manage to expertly illustrate so much of the eeriness of Margaret White - mostly with their epic voices. Julianne wouldn't have excellent music, but I'm just as hopeful that she shall be as memorable in the film.
Have you ever paid attention the history of the flop of Carrie the musical? Intrigued for the 2013 adaptation? How much does “And Eve Was Weak” make your blood curdle?