Performance Rights for Heathers Musical, Based on Cult Teen Film, Now Available | Playbill

News Performance Rights for Heathers Musical, Based on Cult Teen Film, Now Available The Laurence O'Keefe-Kevin Murphy musical adaptation of the 1988 black comedy "Heathers," which played an Off-Broadway run earlier this year, will be licensed for amateur and professional production by Samuel French.

Tony Award-nominated Legally Blonde composer O'Keefe collaborated with Emmy-winning Reefer Madness author Murphy on book, music and lyrics for the musical that played a March 15-Aug. 4 Off-Broadway run at New World Stages.

The musical arrived in New York following a sold-out 2013 Los Angeles premiere. It is based on the wickedly dark film comedy about a group of domineering high school girls, which starred Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty. 

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"Samuel French is home to some of the world’s greatest musicals and we are proud to welcome Heathers to our collection," executive director Bruce Lazarus said in a statement. "With a high-voltage score and deranged sense of humor, at its core it has something important to say about bullying, hazing and sexual harassment in schools. The show also has a huge and loyal fan base. At the Off-Broadway production, audiences dressed in costumes, yelled out dialogue and sang along with every song, reminiscent of the cult following of The Rocky Horror Show."

Here's how it's billed: "Based on the 1989 classic film, 'Heathers,' the musical is a retro-'80s romp into the scariest place of all: high school. At Westerberg High, jocks roam the halls, nerds cower in fear, and a trio of queen bees, 'The Heathers,' reign supreme. When misfit Veronica Sawyer rebels against the vicious clique, she unwittingly helps her new boyfriend – dark, sexy new kid, J.D. – with his ultimate plan: kill the cool kids. Darkly funny, sincere and moving, Heathers is the perfect show for the teen –and the teen angst – inside us all." For inquiries, contact Samuel French at (866) 598-8449 or visit

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