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"This is beyond must-see entertainment. . . You'll be dazzled by its brilliance."
– Chris Gibson, BroadwayWorld

"A racy rock score drives 120 mph into the dark, libidinous story with a narrative intelligence
reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan on coke." – Chris Limber, Buzz On Stage

"A spectacular production." – Tina Farmer, KDHX

"As entertaining as it is terrifying." – Paul Friswold, The Riverfront Times

"Ruthlessly intense in the final 20 minutes." – Richard Green, TalkinBroadway

"One of the standouts of the year." – Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat

I float in a boat
On a raging black ocean,
Low in the water
And nowhere to go.
The tiniest lifeboat,
With people I know.

Everyone's pushing,
Everyone's fighting,
Storms are approaching,
There's nowhere to hide!
If I say the wrong thing
Or I wear the wrong outfit
They’ll throw me right over the side!
          — Heathers the Musical

New Line opened its 25th season with the regional premiere of the outrageous, musical thriller HEATHERS, written by the award-winning team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness) and Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde), based on the 1989 film written by Daniel Waters, who has said his story is about “a girl who meets the Antichrist as a teenager." He's not far off.

It’s September, 1989, and Westerberg High is terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But brainy misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the damaged new stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place. For good. Deliciously, wickedly funny, oddly romantic, relentlessly intense, and occasionally powerful, this is a surprisingly truthful parable for anyone who’s ever been in love, in trouble, or in high school.

The cast of New Line's HEATHERS included Anna Skidis (Veronica), Evan Fornachon (J.D.), Sicily Mathenia (Heather Chandler), Larissa White (Heather McNamara), Cameisha Cotton (Heather Duke), Grace Seidel (Martha Dunnstock), Omega Jones (Ram Sweeney), Clayton Humburg (Kurt Kelly), Brenda Bass, Kevin Corpuz, Colin Dowd, Alex Glow, Joel Hackbarth, Lindsey Jones, Chris Kernan, and Victoria Valentine. The show was directed by Scott Miller and Mike Dowdy, with music direction by Jeffrey Richard Carter, choreography by Robin Michelle Berger, scenic design by Rob Lippert, costume design by Sarah Porter, sound design by Benjamin Rosemann, and lighting design by Kenneth Zinkl.

Today, in this era of bullying and school shootings, HEATHERS takes on a powerful new relevance. As a 2014 Atlantic article said, "Heathers has the courage to sympathize with a psychopath who exposes how dangerous it can be when fads and gossip are more influential than basic decency." Today the original movie, released a full decade before Columbine, seems weirdly prescient. And the musical takes on this weight of our more recent history, without ever losing its satiric touch or its outrageous comedy, in songs like "I Love My Dead Gay Son."

The New York Times called Heathers a "rowdy guilty-pleasure musical," and The New York Post called it "ingenious, naughty, and very funny." TimeOut New York called it, "sassy, sexy, and oh-so-smart." The Associated Press said, "This dark demented comedy keeps us in stitches!" The New York Daily News noted the show's more serious side: "The writers aren’t just going for jokes — there is real heft in the touching song 'Lifeboat,' which depicts kids fighting for survival, and 'Seventeen,' about youth." USA Today wrote, "As the true motives of Veronica's new beau, J.D., become clearer, and the couple's relationship more intense, Murphy and O'Keefe ask that we also consider them, and their classmates — even the more despicable ones — as human beings." Variety said, "The show still deals with the serious issues that gave the movie its cutting edge: school bullying, teen sexuality, campus shootings, bomb threats and suicide epidemics. After 25 years of horrific school violence, J.D.’s terrorist persona and homicidal activities are actually more chilling today than they were when the movie came out." Heathers was originally directed Off-Broadway by Andy Fickman and choreographed by Marguerite Derricks.




  Want to explore more? We recommend:

The original cast album of the Heathers score, and the original 1989 film

"A Modest Proposal, or, You Want Me To Adapt What?" by Heathers co-writer Larry O'Keefe; and "The Writing Process, or, Does He Have To Pull Out A Magnum In The Lunchroom?" by co-writer Kevin Murphy

The New Liners' Heathers Blogs


The show's Wikipedia page

An excellent 2014 article, "Still Very, 25 Years Later: The Bleak Genius of Heathers" in The Atlantic

Another great article, "Heathers: An Oral History," in Entertainment Weekly

The outstanding collection The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R. Moffitt and Duncan A. Campbell

The excellent book Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s, by Gil Troy

The book Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything, by David Sirota

Heathers merchandise


The Heathers film shooting script

"Heather" on Urban Dictionary