If you’ve never heard of Heathers, ask a child of the 80s and prepare to for the wave of nostalgia.
Heathers is a razor sharp, inkily dark musical adaptation of the classic 1988 film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. It tells the story of 17 year-old Veronica, struggling student in the dog-eat-dog world of Westerburg High School. The school is dominated by one clique, made up of three girls all named Heather, who hold the keys to popularity and acceptance in their impeccably manicured hands. When they threaten to exile Veronica, JD (a rebellious newboy) convinces her not to take it lying down, and instead rid the school of the Heathers once and for all…
Heathers musicalises Daniel Waters’ original screenplay with the help of Laurence O’Keefe (who worked the same magic for Legally Blonde) and Kevin Murphy. You can discover highlights from the catchy, upbeat soundtrack on Spotify.
The show ran off Broadway at New World Stages in 2014, where it quickly garnered a cult-like following, with audience members dressing up and shouting out their favourite lines.
Why we think you should do it
The New York Times called the show “a rowdy guilty pleasure” musical, and it’s a nostalgic treat for fans of the film, or anyone with a penchant for 80s culture. The score is smart and inventive, with standout heartstring-pullers like the soaring Seventeen as well as sillier confections like Freeze Your Brain – an ode to the wonder of slurpies.
It also has four brilliant parts for women, and is a perfect choice for young performers.
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