Theater: Heathers – The Musical

Opened: March 31, 2014

Book, Music & Lyrics by: Laurence O’Keefe & Kevin Murphy

Original Off-Broadway Cast: Barrett Wilbert Weed, Ryan McCartan, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Elle McLemore, Alice Lee, Katie Ladner, Jon Eidson, Evan Todd, Anthony Crivello, Daniel Cooney, Michelle Duffy, Rachel Flynn, Charissa Hogeland, Cait Fairbanks, Dustin Sullivan, AJ Meijer & Dan Domenech 

A black-comedy with style, Heathers – The Musical is an adaptation of the 1988 film of the same name. Both have a cult following that’s rightly earned.

Social outcast Veronica Sawyer (Barrett Wilbert Weed) falls in with the Heathers – Heather Chandler (Jessica Keenan Wynn), Heather McNamara (Elle McLemore) and Heather Duke (Alice Lee) – when they find out she can forge letters. She also falls for J.D. (Ryan McCartan) who makes her an accomplice in the murder of Heather Chandler.

Wilbert Weed shines in the lead role mixing her comedic skills with the intensity of her characters’ actions. Her voice soars throughout musical numbers and sets her up to become one of the next great Broadway performers.

While comedic, the storyline helps bring light to intense topics like school violence, sexual assault and teen suicide.

Final say: Dark, but highly entertaining. ★★★☆☆

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