Killer of a mu­si­cal com­edy ‘Heathers’ opens.

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Ge­n­e­sius The­atre presents “Heathers The Mu­si­cal” which opens Fri­day, April 27, and runs through May 6 at Ge­n­e­sius The­atre, 153 N. 10th St., Read­ing. Book, mu­sic and lyrics by Kevin Mur­phy and Lau­rence O’Keefe.

“Heathers” is the darkly de­li­cious story of Veron­ica Sawyer, a brainy, beau­ti­ful teenage mis­fit who hus­tles her way into the most pow­er­ful and ruth­less clique at Wester­berg High: the Heathers. But be­fore she can get com­fort­able atop the high school food chain, Veron­ica falls in love with the danger­ously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chan­dler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veron­ica de­cides to bite the bul­let and kiss Heather’s aer­o­bi­cized ass...but J.D. has an­other plan for that bul­let.

“Heathers” is a the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence that sub­stan­tively res­onates with 2018 youth cul­ture, of­fer­ing a darkly comedic take on some of the very se­ri­ous chal­lenges that are con­fronted in high schools to this very day. The mu­si­cal is highly topi­cal in to­day’s ter­ror­ism cli­mate es­pe­cially in light of the tragic Park­land High School mass shoot­ing that took place only a month ago. “Heathers” deals with the very se­ri­ous is­sues of bul­ly­ing, ho­mo­pho­bia and high school cliques that were preva­lent in 1989, and are still rock­ing our world to­day!

“Heathers” is a hi­lar­i­ous, heart­felt, and homi­ci­dal new show based on the great­est teen com­edy of all time. With its mov­ing love story, laugh-out-loud com­edy, and un­flinch­ing look at the joys and an­guish of high school, Heathers The Mu­si­cal has now be­come a cult clas­sic, like the 1989 film it’s based on!

“This show...evokes a pre“Hunger Games” era when fan­tasies about teenage revenge could be smaller and didn’t have to in­volve apoc­a­lyp­tic ma­neu­vers. In a way, this lat­est in­car­na­tion of “Heathers” is to the 1980s what “Grease” was to the 1950s (when it was first staged in the 1970s).” — Ben Brantley, The New York Times.

The Ge­n­e­sius pro­duc­tion is di­rected by Ge­n­e­sius Artis­tic Di­rec­tor, L J Fe­cho, mu­sic di­rected by Dara Himes, chore­ographed by Jeri­cho Joy, with a set de­sign by Zack Spadac­cia, light de­sign by Spencer Moss Fe­cho, cos­tume de­sign by Cathy Miller, hair/makeup de­sign by, Kim Siegel of United Artist Salon and sound de­sign by Al­bert Gar­cia of Eko En­ter­tain­ment, LLC. The set is con­structed by John Bi­gos, Mike Maiers and Betty Ger­st­ner, with scenic art by Mar­jory Ewald. The show is stage man­aged by our teen stage man­ager, Kelsey Mal­one.

The Ge­n­e­sius pro­duc­tion fea­tures Mamie Covell, in the clas­sic Wi­nona Ry­der film role as Veron­ica Sawyer and Alex Weaver, in the Chris­tian Slater role of J. D. The Heathers are Caitlin Whe­lan as Heather Chan­dler, Ce­cilia Cooper as Heather McNa­mara, and Yar­ilin Chimelis as Heather Duke. Ryan Cun­ning­ham por­trays Ram, Daniel W. Graf por­trays Kurt, and Chloe Fer­reri por­trays Martha Dunn­stock. The adults are por­trayed by Sim­mon Fe­cho as Miss Flem­ming, Carl Wolfe as Coach Rip­per, and Jef­frey Jones and Prin­ci­pal Gowan.

Show opens Fri­day, April 27, and runs April 28, 29, May 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Show Times are Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day at 7:30 p.m. and Sun­day’s at 3:00 p.m. Ticket cost is Stu­dent $17.50, Se­nior

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The Losers Side, left to right: Ni­cole Simp­kins as the Young Repub­li­ganette, An­drew Bausher as the Be­lea­guered Geek, Sarah Lala as the New Wave Girl, Hunter-Wil­low Jones as the Stoner Chick, Ben Jupina as the Hip­ster Dork and Ben Daniels as the Preppy...

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