Barrett Wilbert Weed, Ryan McCartan, Jessica Keenan Wynn & More to Star in HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL Off-Broadway; Full Cast Announced
The producers of Heathers: The Musical, the new musical stage adaptation of Daniel Waters' iconic 1989 dark comedy film, have announced the cast for the New York Premiere. Previews begin on Saturday, March 15, and the show is set to open on Monday, March 31, 2014 - the 25th Anniversary of the film's release - at New World Stages in New York City (340 West 50th Street). Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com/1-800-447-7400.
"Talk about drooling much...that's exactly what we did when we assembled this truly exciting, talented and fresh-faced company to play these iconic roles," said director Andy Fickman. "If you are doing a musical based on Heathers, your cast can't just be very - they have to be very very."
Many members of the cast from the sold-out premiere engagement in L.A. will be continuing their roles Off-Broadway, including Barrett Wilbert Weed (Lysistrata Jones, Bare) as Veronica and Ryan McCartan (Disney's "Liv and Maddie") as JD. Taking on the roles of The Heathers are Jessica Keenan Wynn (LES MISERABLES 25th Anniversary Nat'l Tour) as Heather Chandler, Elle McLemore (Bring It On: The Musical, "Army Wives") as Heather McNamara and Alice Lee (Spring Awakening, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Heather Duke. Katie Ladner will star as Martha Dunnstock, Jon Eidson as Ram Sweeney, Evan Todd as Kurt Kelly, Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Golden Boy) as Ram's Dad/Big Bud Dean, Dan Cooney (Mamma Mia, 9 to 5) as Kurt's Dad/Veronica's Dad/Principal, and Michelle Duffy (Leap of Faith) as Ms. Fleming/Veronica's Mom. Completing the cast are Dan Domenech, Cait Fairbanks, Rachel Flynn, Molly Hager, Charissa Hogeland, AJ Meijer and Dustin Sullivan.
Written by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy) and Emmy Award winner Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, "Defiance", "Desperate Housewives"), Heathers: The Musical is directed by famed stage and screen director Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness; films: Parental Guidance, She's The Man), with choreography by Emmy Award winner Marguerite Derricks (Fame, Charlie's Angels, Austin Powers films). The production features Set Design by Timothy R. Mackabee (Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth), Costume Design by Amy Clark (Chaplin, A Night With Janis Joplin), Lighting Design by Jason Lyons (Rock of Ages, Bring It On: The Musical), Sound Design by Jonny Massena, and Music Direction by Dominick Amendum (First Date).
September, 1989. Westerberg High is terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. 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. Deliciously, darkly funny, romantic and moving, Heathers: The Musical is a truthful, uplifting parable for anyone who's ever been in love, in trouble, or in high school.
The feature film Heathers was released in March 1989 and helped launch the careers of actors Winona Ryder (Veronica), Christian Slater (J.D.) and Shannen Doherty (Heather Duke). The film became a cult favorite, spawning memorable phrases such as "What's your damage?", "It'll be very," and "Are we going to prom or to hell?" that have since enriched the pop culture lexicon. In 2006, Heathers was included in the top five of Entertainment Weekly's list of the "Greatest High School Movies of All Time".
Direct from the sold-out world premiere engagement at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles, Heathers: The Musical is produced Off-Broadway by Bruce Bendell (Grace), Jamie Bendell (A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder), Scott Benson (Inappropriate: The Musical), Andy Cohen (Untraceable, Captain Ron), J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right, Bottle Shock, Dr. Zhivago Australian Tour), Amy Powers (Dr. Zhivago, The Game), Scott Prisand (Rock Of Ages, Legally Blonde, Grace) and Big Block Theatrical. Fickman, Murphy and O'Keefe are also producers. Denise Di Novi (the film Heathers; Crazy, Stupid Love) will executive produce.