Before Clueless or Mean Women arrived Heathers, a cult 1988 film satirising the explosive penalties of distressing social pressures in an American substantial faculty. Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy‘s award-profitable musical version now bounces back again into the West Conclude for a 12-7 days run with a brand new vigour.
The globe of Heathers The Musical is a savage location. Determined to healthy in at large school, Veronica joins the Heathers, a trio of amazing women intent on belittling her as significantly as probable. Veronica then fulfills JD, a disturbed outsider who persuades her to murder her classmates and make it glance like suicide, therefore exposing the cruelty and bigotry in the school’s modern society.
It may possibly be the return of total theatres, but there was a fizz and power in the nearly fully new cast that was palpable. Christina Bennington is exceptional in the role of Veronica, who is torn concerning the Heathers, JD, and her conscience. Her vocals are belting and she also carries the peppy and comedian acting quite very well. Her solo of “I Said No” is particularly powerful, exploiting the marginally raspy, rocky edge to her voice to perfection.
Jordan Luke Gage is effectively-solid as the psychotic JD. You can sense his dysfunctional intellect from the outset and Gage displays this mental breakdown progressing during the demonstrate. The chemistry among him and Bennington is also quite convincing.
Jodie Steele returns as Heather Chandler and has a ball with the job of ice queen dipped in acid. Frances Mayli McCann is the two hilariously vacuous and susceptible as Heather McNamara and Bobbie Tiny is a snarling ball of aggression as Heather Duke. All have excellent voices, notably shown in their harmonies.
There is amazing assistance from the rest of the solid, specially Lauren Ward as the hippy, dippy Ms. Fleming, who virtually takes the roof off with her hysterical rendition of “Glow a Light-weight”.
The story by itself lags a minor in the next act, but the ensemble is bouncing with power throughout and reply very well to the specialized requires of Gary Lloyd‘s slick choreography.
It is a shame that powering these performances is a extremely static and uninspiring set. The scene alterations are manufactured solely via lights and the placement of tiny objects of home furnishings. It feels like a skipped possibility to insert much more desire and sparkle.
Some of Murphy and O’Keefe’s songs and lyrics do not seize enough and from time to time is forgettable. The exceptions to this are “Seventeen”, which soars like a real teenage anthem and “Freeze Your Brain”, JD’s ode to the frozen slushie beverages that numb his brain and also his inner thoughts. “My Dead Homosexual Son” is a clever and quite amusing range, which could have been taken straight from The Reserve of Mormon.
The vivid, upbeat and bubbly score and the vibrant design jars a bit with the contents of the story itself, these kinds of as suicide, self-harm and murder. Anyone common with the film will discover the darkish edges have been glossed up and the dim cynicism is somewhat lacking. Having said that, there is ample kitsch energy to have the often questionable written content and this revival of Heathers The Musical is a welcome injection of power and exciting to the West Conclusion.
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