HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL Closes Tonight Off-Broadway
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, the critically acclaimed musical stage adaptation of Daniel Waters' iconic 1989 dark comedy film, will play its final performance of its limited engagement at New World Stages tonight, August 4, 2014 after 17 previews and 145 regular performances.
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL opened on Monday, March 31, 2014 - the 25th Anniversary of the film's release - at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). 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, Parental Guidance, She's The Man), with choreography by Emmy Award winner Marguerite Derricks (Fame, Charlie's Angels, Austin Powers films).
The critically-acclaimed production received two 2014 Drama Desk Nominations (Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical; Outstanding Music), two Lucille Lortel Award nominations (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical; Outstanding Choreography) and a Best New Musical nomination from the Off-Broadway Alliance Awards. The world premiere cast recording of Heathers: The Musical was released on June 17, 2014, and debuted as the No. 1 theatre soundtrack on the iTunes chart, and No. 5 on the Billboard Cast Album chart. The musical, set in the late 80's, has celebrated a vocal and extremely active fan base who call themselves the 'Corn Nuts' and - when not flocking to New World Stages night after night in full costume - have been instrumental ambassadors for the show, which has gained an unprecedented social media following in its five-month Off-Broadway run, with over 22,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 followers on Twitter.
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. The feature filmHeathers was released on March 31, 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 "Greetings and Salutations" 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".
Deliciously, darkly funny, romantic and moving, Heathers: The Musical stars Charissa Hogeland as Veronica and Dave Thomas Brown as JD; taking on the roles of The Heathers are Jessica Keenan Wynn as Heather Chandler, Elle McLemore as Heather McNamara and Kristolyn Lloyd as Heather Duke. Katie Ladner stars as Martha Dunnstock, Jon Eidson as Ram Sweeney, Evan Todd as Kurt Kelly, Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello as Ram's Dad/Big Bud Dean, Daniel Cooney as Kurt's Dad/Veronica's Dad/Principal, and Michelle Duffy as Ms. Fleming/Veronica's Mom. Completing the cast are Lauren Cipoletti, Dan Domenech, Cait Fairbanks, Rachel Flynn, Molly Hager, AJ Meijer, Matthew Schatz and Dustin Sullivan.
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL played a sold-out world premiere engagement at L.A.'s Hudson Theatre in Fall 2013 before transferring to New York's New World Stages in Spring 2014. The musical is produced Off-Broadway by Hasty Pudding Presents, Andy Cohen (Untraceable, Captain Ron), Andy Fickman, J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right, Bottle Shock, Dr. Zhivago Australian Tour), Kevin Murphy, Laurence O'Keefe, Amy Powers (Dr. Zhivago, The Game), Jamie Bendell (A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder), Bruce Bendell (Grace), Scott Benson (Inappropriate: The Musical), Scott Prisand (Rock Of Ages, Legally Blonde, Grace), Big Block Entertainment, Bernard Abrams & Michael Speyer/StageVentures, Evan Todd, Katie Leary/ Vineyard Point Productions, Bill Prady, Karen J. Lauder and RJ Hendricks. Denise Di Novi (the film Heathers;Crazy, Stupid Love) will executive produce.
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).
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