'Heathers: The Musical' Set to Make New York Debut in Spring 2014
How very. Call your best friends and/or your worst enemies -- Heathers: The Musical is coming to New York, making its off-Broadway debut in spring 2014.
The musical stage adaptation of Michael Lehmann’s iconic 1988 dark comedy will get a limited engagement at New World Stages. Previews begin March 17, with opening night set for March 31.
The announcement of the cross-country move comes as Heathers: The Musical wraps a sold-out engagement at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles.
The show is based on Daniel Waters' screenplay for the feature film about a trio of Ohio high school mean girls and a rebel who refuses to adhere to the strict rules of their clique. Instead, she gravitates toward a loner who has his own devious plan to deal with the imperious A-listers. The cult favorite helped launch the careers of actors Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty.
Book, music and lyrics for the stage adaptation are written by Tony nominee Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde) and Emmy winner Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, Desperate Housewives). Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness) directs the production, with choreography by three-time Emmy winner Marguerite Derricks (Behind the Candelabra, Bunheads).
Producers of the off-Broadway run include J. Todd Harris, Andy Cohen, Amy Powers, Bruce Bendell, Jamie Bendell, Scott Prisand, Scott Benson and Big Block Theatrical, along with Fickman, Murphy and O'Keefe.