Yellow Sound Label to Release HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL Cast Recording in June
The producers of Heathers: The Musical-the critically acclaimed new musical stage adaptation of Daniel Waters' iconic 1989 dark comedy film - have announced the Original Cast Recording of Heathers: The Musical, to be released on Yellow Sound Label. 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 opened on Monday, March 31, 2014 - the 25th Anniversary of the film's release - at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) in New York City.
The album is produced by Michael Croiter (Matilda, Big Fish, Murder Ballad), Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe, and will be available in stores June 17, 2014, following digital release on iTunes on a date to be announced. The cast of Heathers will record the album at MSR Studios in New York City on April 15 & 16, 2014.
Direct from the sold-out world premiere staging at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles, 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).
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 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 "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".
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL stars 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 stars 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, Matthew Schatz and Dustin Sullivan.
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).
HEATHERS: 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 of StageVentures, Evan Todd, Katie Leary of Vineyard Point Productions, Bill Prady, Karen J. Lauder and RJ Hendrick. Denise Di Novi (the film Heathers; Crazy, Stupid Love) will executive produce.
Photo Credit: Chad Batka
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