The 80s classic Heathers is being turned into a musical! That movie pretty much launched the careers of Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The producers behind Reefer Madness, Andy Fickman and Kevin Murphy, are developing the show and writing the lyrics. The composer of the failed Legally Blonde is also on board.
Actors have been in doing readings this week, and Kristen Bell is being considered for the lead role. The three Heathers being considered are Wicked’s Jenna Leigh Green, Brokedown Cadillac singer Corri English, and Christine Lakin from CW’s Valentine.
Writer of the original book Dan Waters is surprisingly excited about the remake for the stage. Fickman said he sat down with Waters early on "to make sure we were on the same page" and that Waters has seen the readings. Fickman says, “He understood that our goals were to be creatively attuned to his original work.” That’s an important thing to maintain since so many original movies these days get so butchered with their remakes.
The movie, as you may recall, is known for it’s one liners, like “What’s your damage?”
Fickman says he wants to take as many of those lines and put them into songs. He says, " ‘I love my dead gay son.’ If you can get that into a song, then that is just perfect."
And believe it or not, Kristen Bell can really sing! Just add that to her list of talents! What do you think of this film-to-stage remake?