Set to be the most subversively funny show of this year, cult teen comedy Heathers the Musical will rule the corridors of Arts Centre Melbourne in May, before returning to Sydney in June 2016.
Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing threesome: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls at school. 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.
For everyone who has ever longer to be in the ‘popular’ group, or dreamed of taking revenge on the cool kids, or even just for those who long for a better time, filled with shoulder pads, big hair and fluorescent colours, Heathers is sure to be the most hilariously homicidal show in 2016.
Written by Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde) and Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives) and based on the cult teen comedy film by Daniel Waters starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, Heathers The Musical is the latest Off-Broadway hit musical to come to Australia. After a sensational sell-out season at the Hayes Theatre in 2015, garnering nine nominations at the Sydney Theatre Awards, Heathers played a critically-acclaimed season in Brisbane earlier this year.
Directed by sensational cabaret star, Trevor Ashley (Les Miserables, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Fat Swan), the production stars Hilary Cole (Dogfight, Carrie The Musical) and Lucy Maunder (Songs in the Key of Black, Grease, Doctor Zhivago) with musical direction from one of Australia’s leading musical directors, Bev Kennedy.
“A sassy, sexy and oh so smart, Heathers deserves to run with the popular crowd.” – Time Out New York
Director: Trevor Ashley Cast: Lucy Maunder, Hilary Cole, Hannah Fredericksen, Rebecca Hetherington, Stephen Madsen, Lauren McKenna, Vincent Hooper, Jakob Ambrose, Stephen McDowell, Mitchell Hicks, Sage Douglas, Heather Manley Musical Director: Bev Kennedy Choreographer: Cameron Mitchell Designers: Emma Vine with Eamon D’arcy Costume Design: Angela White Lighting Design:Gavan Swift
Heathers the Musical
Playhouse – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. KIlda Road, Melbourne
Season: 12 – 22 May 2016 (preview: 11 May)
Information and Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Playhouse – Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point (Sydney)
Season: 8 – 26 June 2016
Information and Bookings: www.sydneyoperahouse.com
Image: Hilary Cole and Lucy Maunder feature in Heathers – photo by John McRae