Heathers The Musical – A Quick Capsule Theatre Review

Following two smash hit West End seasons, a record-breaking run at The Other Palace and winning the WhatsOnStage award for BEST NEW MUSICAL, Heathers The Musical -the comedy rock musical based on the iconic 1988 film, embarked on a new national tour and last Friday night a packed house and standing ovation at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne. 

It's always tricky to adapt a cult and much beloved film into something that works on stage. But when you nail it, it can be something quite special.  Thank god then that Heathers does the latter - a crazy, faithful and often shockingly fun musical that delivers great performances, great songs and some smart staging.

For those of you that don't know: Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true. Until JD turns up, the mysterious teen rebel who teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it’s murder being a somebody…

But what really counts in a musical are the songs... and thankfully Heathers has several including Candy Store (Where Veronica becomes a 'Heather'), Seventeen (a sweet post murder song with JD and Veronica) and of course 'My Dead Gay Son' which, well, you have to see to believe!  

Stand out performances include Verity Thompson as a suitably abhorrent Heather and Jenna Innes who knocked it out the part as Veronica.  Great lightning, a fast pace and eye catching costumes all combine to make this a real treat! 

Well Fuck me gently with a chainsaw they actually pulled this off.  

Starring: Jenna Innes, Jacob Fowler, Verity Thompson, Elise Zavou and Billie Bowman
Book, Music & Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O'Keefe
Directed by Andy Fickman

Heathers is currently performing at Congress Theatre in Eastbourne and then continues on its UK tour.