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Heathers: The Musical



Heathers: The Musical presented by Scona Alumni Theatre Co., is every bit as witty, amusing, and brutally dark as the movie it is based on—but now with showtunes. This cynical look at the cruelty of high school follows Veronica Dean (Emilie Rogers) and bad boy JD (James Kwak) as their whirlwind high school romance takes the darkest of turns, after Veronica scams her way into the infamous Heathers—the group of girls that control the school. Cutting barbs, teenage sex, wild parties, croquet games, and great hair: you won’t be able to look away as Veronica’s “teen angst [builds] a body count.” Raunchiness here abounds, albeit sometimes unnecessarily. There’s a musical number about blue balls, onstage loss of virginity, and the best line in the script is still “fuck me gently with a chainsaw.” Although the actors do a great job overall, there are times when it does still feel like a high school play where timing and pitch are not always on point. You won’t be bored though, and even if you know the ending, you’ll probably find yourself on the edge of your seat. Reviewed by Charly Blais.




Total Score
4/ 5

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2 Reviews

    Jacob Leddy

    Good musicals may not be getting any smarter but bad ones certainly are. Take Heathers, which at every turn vastly improves the 1989 cult movie on which it’s based. Alas, that’s a very low bar; the movie, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, is such a sloppy, poorly directed mess it can’t even figure out what genre it’s in. (It ends up glorifying the brutal high school culture it ostensibly means to satirize.) A thousand deft repairs and a thoroughly professional score by the musical’s gifted authors — the book, music, and lyrics are by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe — can’t solve the problem, but do manage to lift Heathers all the way to terrible. I found my self constantly struggling to pick up lost lines and cringing during the supposed anthems of the show. All in all its not great material not great acting but a great set and powerful ensemble

    Carlene Vliet

    Fantastic play. Loved every element and the performers were awesome. The lead singer has an incredible voice. They did a great job with the story line and offered some modern twists. Would defiantly recommend this play to other fringe-goers. BIG FUN!

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