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The new Heathers musical, currently playing off-Broadway, will fuck you gently with a chainsaw!
If you liked Legally Blonde the musical, which we did, then you will love Heathers!
The stage show based on the iconic '80s movie has everything the singing Elle Woods production did - including a lot of the same creative team - and MORE!
Heathers has sass, sex, songs and laughs! Lots of laughs!
Yes, there's really song in the show called My Dead Gay Son! And it WINS!!!
Big high five to Kevin Murphy & Laurence O'Keefe for not only writing those super fun songs but ALSO writing the equally fun book! Very unusual in the musical theater world and to be applauded!
Heathers is definitely an "off-Broadway" production and prime to make the jump to the Great White Way!
In this production, Veronica barely has any costume changes - a pitiful two or three!! On Broadway we'd want at least 12!
And can we do something about her wig ASAP, please? We know things are lower budget off-Broadway, but that's just CHEAP!
Thankfully, though, when our only main critique is the lack of costumes and the minimalistic stage, you know you've got a winner - with a very attractive and talented cast of up-and-comers!
Barret Wilbert Weed is no Winona Ryder, and she's not trying to be. Vocally she's amazing in Heathers and we enjoyed her acting too. But she's no Winona. She played Veronica a bit too cheery and optimistic, whereas Ryder brought more edge and darkness.
It was wonderful to see the adorable Elle McLemore from Bring It On again - putting her cheerleader skills to good use!
Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alice Lee were fab and fab as Heather Chandler and Heather Duke, respectively.
The real star of this show is Ryan McCartan as JD Dean - aka the Christian Slater part.
McCartan is electric! We could not take our eyes off him onstage! And not just because he's dreamy to look at! The actor, currently starring on some Disney Channel show we'd never heard of before, has a BEAUTIFUL voice and so much presence! Star quality! He's truly magnetic on stage!
And he completely made us forget about Christian Slater! He was THAT good!
We really hope Heathers transfers to Broadway. We'd love to see them take this up a few notches! Bigger show and bigger audiences!