A More Slapstick Take on Dark Comedy with Heathers the Musical

A More Slapstick Take on Dark Comedy with Heathers the Musical

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Last week I got the chance to see Heathers The Musical, the Off-Broadway version of one of my favorite ‘80s teen comedies. If you’ve never seen the original, you may be a little lost when the audience applauds for its oft-quoted lines—“Bulimia is so ’87, Heather!” Otherwise the plot is easy enough to follow: Veronica (Barrett Wilbert Weed) ditches her dorky sidekick Martha Dunnstock (Katie Ladner) and befriends the über-popular Heathers (Jessica Keenan Wynn, Elle McLemore and Alice Lee). After a few weeks, she tires of their meanness and teams up with new kid J.D. (Ryan McCartan) to accidentally kill their ringleader, Heather Chandler (Keenan Wynn).

While the movie was pegged as a “dark” comedy, the musical makes even more light of the murderous plot. In a funeral scene, the film’s line “I love my dead gay son” becomes an over-the-top dance number, complete with a rainbow backdrop. The dead gay son in question and his football teammate, Kurt (Evan Todd) and Ram (Jon Eidson), also provide plenty of slapstick comedy in the form of a song about blue balls and a wacky slow-motion fight scene.

Though Wilbert Weed is spunkier than Winona Ryder’s Veronica and McCartan is far less sinister than Christian Slater’s J.D., their personalities work for a goofier take on the original. Get your tickets and find out more at heathersthemusical.com.

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