By Andrew Gans
26 Sep 2013
The new musical has a book by Darren Stein, who wrote and directed the film, with music and lyrics by Jeff Thomson and Jordan Mann. The creative team also includes choreographer Shea Sullivan, musical director James Sampliner and director Gabriel Barre.
The reading features the talents of Diana DeGarmo as Fern Mayo, Kate Flannery as Principal Sherwood, Elizabeth Gillies as Courtney, Joanna "Jojo" Levesque as Julie, Libby Servais as Foxy and Preston Sadleir Zack with Sydni Beaudoin, Taylor Frey, Frankie James Grande, Alexa Green, John Arthur Greene, Eric Michael Krop, Veronica Kuehn, Paul HeeSang Miller, Marissa Rosen, Laquet Sharnell, Allie Schulz and Marty Thomas.
Based on the film starring Rose McGowan, Julie Benz, Judy Greer and Rebecca Gayheart, Jawbreaker: The Musical, according to press notes, tells the "Faustian tale of 'Satan-in-heels' Courtney Shayne and her mean girl minions who play a fatal birthday prank on their best friend. When wallflower Fern Mayo catches the flawless three tucking their dead friend back into bed, Courtney promises to make Fern popular in exchange for her silence. Darkly comedic, [the musical] is about the lengths we go to belong. With a propulsive pop score that ranges from Lady Gaga style synth pop to lush melodic ballads, Jawbreaker tells a relatable, mythic story for anyone who survived high school."