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October 12, 2018

Dead Girl Walking: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Heathers The Musical

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Step into Heathers the Musical’s “Candy Store,” where you’re in for the treat of your life. Based on the 1989 film, this show has everything you’d ever want in an ‘80s high school drama: humorous dialogue, a fun rock score, and an absolutely killer story.

If you think you knew everything about this Off-Broadway theatre cult classic hit, think again. Check out these ten fun facts that the Heathers would be proud of!

  1. In September of 2010, Heathers was originally performed as a concert which included a Broadway star-studded cast featuring Annaleigh Ashford, Jeremy Jordan, and James Snyder. (Source)

  2. Heathers received two Drama Desk nominations (Outstanding Music and Outstanding Actress in a Musical) and two Lucille Lortel nominations (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical and Outstanding Choreography). (Source)

  3. Writer Kevin Murphy was a producer of the original LA and NY productions of Heathers. He also provided lyrics and co-wrote the book for the stage musical Reefer Madness and was a producer on both the original Los Angeles and Off-Broadway productions. (Source)

  4. For any young Heathers fans out there, Samuel French has published a High School Edition – you may want to get your school’s drama department to check it out!

  5. Heathers played its final performance at New World Stages in NYC on August 4th, 2014. (Source)

  6. Heathers now has a West End transfer, which began on September 3rd and will be on for 12 weeks. (Source)

  7. Writer Laurence O’Keefe was a producer of the original LA and NY productions of Heathers along with Kevin. With his wife Nell Benjamin, he won the Olivier Award for co-writing Legally Blonde: The Musical, which ran 2 1/2 years on the West End and has toured the UK. (Source)

  8. The character Veronica Sawyer is named after the Archie comics character Veronica and the Mark Twain character Tom Sawyer. (Source)

  9. Even prior to the first ever Heathers concert (as previously mentioned), there was an initial reading of the musical which starred Kristen Bell as Veronica. (Source)

  10. The first production of the show was a sold-out tryout in 2013 in Los Angeles at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, starring original cast member Barrett Wilbert Weed as Veronica. (Source)

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