Heathers: The Mu­si­cal

Gay Times Magazine - - REVIEW - Words Wil­liam J Con­nolly

“Fuck me gen­tly with a chain­saw, do I look like Mother Teresa?” If you know... you know. And if you don’t, well then a trip to the Hay­mar­ket is a must as a stage adap­tion of the cult 1988 movie is fi­nally upon us. Heathers – for, like, the three of you that haven’t seen it – fol­lows Veron­ica (played by the iconic Wi­nona Ry­der in the film) as she tries to get in with the ‘cool’ kids at Wester­burg High School. But thanks to a mys­te­ri­ous new boy on the scene, she ends up dras­ti­cally up­dat­ing the Heathers hi­er­ar­chy.

Car­rie Hope Fletcher steps into Veron­ica’s shoes with more punch and swing than her cro­quet bat­ton. Belt­ing from the open­ing num­ber to the last scene, there’s a joy­ful sense of ease that comes from its lead­ing lady as she goes from cute to nasty quicker than her cos­tume changes – much to the amuse­ment of her ador­ing (and scream­ing again, and again) fans in the au­di­ence. How­ever, it’s Jodie Steele as the leader of the Heathers that lands an almighty punch as the break­out star. From her hys­ter­i­cal mu­si­cal nu­ances to a level of fa­cial ex­pres­sions that we’re sure are a new level of ex­tra even we haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore, there’s char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion in spades as she goes from top of the Heathers hi­er­ar­chy to one dead-ass for­got­ten queen – with added hu­mour. And while we still don’t know what’s in her Candy Story, we’re buy­ing a hand­ful of treats re­gard­less.

But does Heathers live up to the hype? Well kinda. It’s burst­ing with cheese, al­most-naked boys and the oc­ca­sional awk­ward mo­ment, but ac­tu­ally that’s what we all loved about the orig­i­nal. Now with an ex­tra sparkle, this new way at look­ing at a clas­sic can only be a good thing, right? Don’t agree, don’t come for us. We don’t pa­tron­ize bunny rab­bits.

Wester­burg High School is wait­ing...

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