"What's Your Damage?": Heathers: The Musical, Based on Cult Film, Opens Off-Broadway March 31

By Adam Hetrick
31 Mar 2014

Barrett Wilbert Weed and Ryan McCartan
Barrett Wilbert Weed and Ryan McCartan
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The students of Westerburg High School hit the stage in the new Laurence O'Keefe-Kevin Murphy musical adaptation of Heathers, based on the 1988 black comedy about a clique of deadly and domineering high school girls, which officially opens March 31 Off-Broadway.

Tony Award-nominated Legally Blonde composer O'Keefe collaborated with Emmy-winning Reefer Madness author Murphy on book, music and lyrics for the musical. Andy Fickman ("Reefer Madness," "She's the Man") directs the production that began March 15 at New World Stages.

The musical arrives in New York following a sold-out 2013 Los Angeles premiere. Several cast members from that production return for the Off-Broadway engagement, including Barrett Wilbert Weed (Lysistrata Jones, Bare) as Veronica, Ryan McCartan ("Liv and Maddie") as JD and Elle McLemore (Bring It On: The Musical, "Army Wives") as Heather McNamara.

The cast also features Jessica Keenan Wynn (Les Misérables) as Heather Chandler and Alice Lee (Spring Awakening, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Heather Duke, with Katie Ladner as Martha Dunnstock, Jon Eidson as Ram Sweeney, Evan Todd as Kurt Kelly, Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Golden Boy) as Ram's Dad/Big Bud Dean, Dan Cooney (Mamma Mia!, 9 to 5) as Kurt's Dad/Veronica’s Dad/Principal and Michelle Duffy (Leap of Faith) as Ms. Fleming/Veronica's Mom.



Read Playbill.com's Brief Encounter With Barrett Wilbert Weed, Revisiting Teen Angst and High School in Heathers.

The ensemble includes Dan Domenech, Cait Fairbanks, Rachel Flynn, Molly Hager, Charissa Hogeland, AJ Meijer, Matthew Schatz and Dustin Sullivan.

Heathers has set design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Jonny Massena and music direction by Dominick Amendum. Choreography is by Marguerite Derricks.

Here's how it's billed: "September, 1989. Westerberg High is terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place - six feet under. Deliciously, darkly funny, romantic and moving, Heathers: The Musical is a truthful, uplifting parable for anyone who’s ever been in love, in trouble, or in high school."

Heathers is produced Off-Broadway by Bruce Bendell, Jamie Bendell, Scott Benson, Andy Cohen, J. Todd Harris, Amy Powers, Scott Prisand and Big Block Theatrical. Creators Fickman, Murphy and O’Keefe are also producers, along with executive producer Denise Di Novi.

For tickets visit Telecharge.com.

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