Might feel a tiny bit bad, just a titch. But Damn! I’m going to do it anyway. Despite the slaughter, mental illness, sexual assault etc Macquarie Musical Society’s HEATHERS is deliciously good theatre-going. Slightly depraved, but delectable. There, I said it! Created with the excellence we have come to expect from this student company, HEATHERS crackles with energy, even the dead people, and fills the Lighthouse stage with a wonderful joy of living and performing and loving and killing. Ooops.
With music, lyrics and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, HEATHERS was created from the late 1980s film of the same name and it played off Broadway in 2014. The musical remains set in 1989 and we first meet Veronica making notes in her diary. It’s high school and the jocks rule. They bully Veronica and her bestie, Martha and anyone else they can find. But these jocks itch for a crack at the only good reason not to jig: the Heathers. 3 of them.
The Heathers hold the power over the boys with flirt and distain and they also thoroughly enjoy a good old fashioned oppression of other women because … like … who could ever be cool enough, rich enough or just plain, enough. Veronica will fall in with these terrors at the same time as she falls hard for a new boy to the school. The gloomy volatility of JD is Veronica-nip and she just can’t resist a nibble. Continue reading HEATHERS: MACQUARIE MUSICAL SOCIETY LETS CRAZY LOOSE AT THE LIGHTHOUSE
HEATHERS THE MUSICAL provides multiple insights into the bullying, assaults, intimidation, violence and gun ownership of American senior high school students at Westerberg High. Beautiful misfit loner Veronica Sawyer, is wonderfully played with great gusto by Julia Hyde, when she finally succeeds in joining the school’s elite and cliquey trio of beautiful young women, THE HEATHERS.
Veronica falls deeply in lust for Jason Dean (J.D.), played by Stuart Prime, the very dark, mysterious and dangerously sexy new bad boy at the school. Julia Sophie Liela is undeniably menacing as the elegant Queen Bitch, Heather Chandler.
Unremittingly entertaining musical with biting lyrics plus murder and mayhem galore, and is based on the cult 1988 Hollywood movie HEATHERS starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.
Directors Kyle Stephens and Liviu Monsted have wisely cast three very brightly voiced women as the Three Heathers. Thought-provoking teenage revenge musical contains frequent confronting adult themes and easily blends its enthralling young-adult drama with caustic sharp humour.
We finally meet the mean girls, these three bitches, Heather Duke, Heather McNamara and led by Heather Chandler. They are HEATHER I and II and III fully displayed in all their glory, hunting down all the nerds who are their easy prey, in the school jungle.
Continue reading HEATHERS THE MUSICAL @ THE FACTORY THEATRE Marrickville
Production photography by Grant Lesley.
This was an unremittingly dark as well as entertaining musical with Emma Taviani delivering a nuanced and compelling performance as Veronica Sawyer. As many will know this musical is based on the cult 1988 Hollywood movie Heathers starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Continue reading HEATHERS THE MUSICAL @ SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF THE ARTS