Kristen Bell Reveals 'Veronica' Workshop Role in Musical Adaptation of 1980s Cult Classic HEATHERS

Kristen Bell Reveals 'Veronica' Workshop Role in Musical Adaptation of 1980s Cult Classic HEATHERS

Kristen Bell made a name for herself starring in the cult TV series VERONICA MARS - but now, the actress has revealed she recently took a spin as a very different 'Veronica.'

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Bell, currently featured in Disney's latest animated adventure FROZEN, announced that in workshops of the Off-Broadway-bound stage adaptation of Daniel Waters' iconic '80s film, HEATHERS, she played the misfit 'Veronica Sawyer,' originally made famous by Winona Ryder.

Though no casting has been announced for the musical, beginning performances on March 17 at New World Stages, Bell insists she won't be taking any bows in the production - thanks to that "age thing."

"Well, I'm 10 years too old to play that part. It's an age thing," she said. "When we first did it, I think, we did three, maybe four workshops-some of them were in people's living rooms, a few of them were on stage. And the cast changed ever so slightly, but it was mostly a group of [director] Andy Fickman's go-tos, and I played Veronica [the Winona Ryder part] each time. It was so, so much fun. And to be able to get it shown for the writers, and to get it perfected...Ultimately I knew going into it, as the years progressed-this girl is supposed to be 17 and I'm 33-that me playing Veronica on stage wasn't very likely."

Though she may be skipping HEATHERS on stage, Bell insists audiences shouldn't.

"It's going to shock people how good it is," she said. "Kevin Murphy wrote the lyrics; he also wrote Reefer Madness. Larry O'Keefe, who wrote Bat Boy, wrote the music. The music is so crazy catchy. The musical is so funny. To me, it's way funnier than the movie."

The news, though not shocking giving her ever-busy shooting schedule on Showtime's HOUSE OF LIES, is sure to dissappoint most fans. Bell, who studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, has proven she's got the musical chops to handle most singing roles. From REEFER MADNESS' bright-eyed 'Mary Lane' to FROZEN's princess of quirk, 'Anna,' fans have been trying to sway Bell back to the stage for years (she previously appeared in THE CRUCIBLE and THE ADVENTURES OF Tom Sawyer on Broadway.)

In its world premiere at Los Angeles' Hudson Backstage Theatre earlier this year, the cast featured Barrett Wilbert Weed as Veronica, Ryan McCartan as JD and more.

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).

Bell's stage credits also include Off-Broadway's Reefer Madness and as Fredrika Armfeldt in the 2002 Sondheim Festival production of A Little Night Music. Bell is well known for playing the title role in TV's Veronica Mars. Her other TV credits include Heroes, Gossip Girl and more. She can currently be seen on Showtime's House of Lies. Her film credits include Pulse, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Fanboys, Couples Retreat, When in Rome and more. Most recently, she and MARS creator Rob Thomas heralded the massively successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the Veronica Mars movie, set to hit theaters in March 2014.

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