If you're in New York, you have three weeks left...to see Heathers the musical Off Broadway!
I am obsessed with musicals and just love this show. Heathers is one of my all time favorite movies, and I got excited as soon as I knew a musical adaptation *could* be in the works. I distinctly remember checking Playbill's Upcoming Shows
and getting so pumped that the composer, Laurence O'Keefe, had done Legally Blonde, one of my favorite shows.
Still, in the same theater about a year before, I had seen bare
off Broadway and was so disappointed. How could someone take the source material I loved and make it so terrible?! So, I knew that Heathers the Musical could be a unmitigated disaster.
Seeing it the first time a few months ago, I was amazed. Ryan McCartan was perfect as JD, and Barrett Weed brought a lot of edge and character to Veronica. The book had every memorable quote from the movie (and trust, there are tons), and was extremely faithful to the source material. After the show, I basically counted down the weeks until the cast recording came out!
Because I loved it so much, I decided to follow Heathers on Twitter and Facebook...and was lucky enough to win two free tickets from their most recent Twitter contest! I was especially pumped with a new JD and Veronica to see.
Charissa Hogeland was sick, so I saw her understudy Cait Fairbanks, with Dave Thomas Brown as JD. Cait brought a much sweeter take to the character. Some one behind me mentioned "nerdier", and I agree. Whereas Barrett's Veronica could lean a bit angry, Cait's portrayal was nicer. If anything, it made the development throughout the musical much better. Dave's JD was much more comedic, as he hammed it up at points!
If you can, definitely go out and see this show before it goes on to bigger things. Tickets are available for student rush for $27.50 with an ID. If you're not a student, offers regularly pop up on their Facebook and Twitter for around $50 per person.
The cast and creative have been a bit ambiguous about next steps, but I envision this playing across college campuses at MINIMUM. If you don't know the story, I would recommend waiting on the music. If you know you can't see the show, definitely grab the cast recording