What's Your Damage? A Track-by-Track Breakdown of the Heathers: The Musical Cast Album

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11 Jul 2014

Elle McLemore, Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alice Lee
Photo by Chad Batka

"My Dead Gay Son"

Anthony Crivello and Daniel Cooney as Ram's dad and Kurt's dad, respectively, open the second act with this fun up-tempo about their "gay sons." Part gospel, part camp, this song reminds us of "A Joyful Noise" from Bat Boy, another cult classic musical also written by O'Keefe. Crivello and Cooney are funny in this number, and we also get a big surprise at the end… We won't ruin it for you, but if you're impatient, you can skip to 2:13!


We love "Seventeen" for the fact that it's a twisted version of the musical-theatre love duet. Barrett Wilbert Weed and Ryan McCarten (both in excellent voice) are singing a powerful love duet to one another, but Veronica is asking if he can make a change and stop the slew of murders at Westerberg High. We get to hear a bit of Weed's mix 25 seconds in, and it becomes apparent that there's nothing she can't do vocally.

"Shine a Light"

A fun and belty number for Michelle Duffy, who plays Ms. Fleming and is asking the students of Westerberg to shine a light on their deepest fears. This number leaves us wanting more of Ms. Fleming! That scoop-y high note from 2:10-2:18 — wow!


Elle McLemore is great in this number, which successfully deviates from the rest of the up-tempo, pop-driven score. "Lifeboat" starts out with a dark acoustic feel until it really begins to take off 38 seconds in. This moment in the show is really special, as we see a humanistic and vulnerable side to the Heathers.

"Shine a Light (Reprise)"

We have another Heathers breakout in "Shine a Light (Reprise)" — this time for Alice Lee, who plays Heather Duke. Lee really gets to rock out in this number. PS: Have you watched her sing Lady Gaga's "You and I" on "Rising Star"?


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