Yes I know that this was last November but I had an urge to write about it because I miss it a lot.
Heathers a a very dedicated cult following and I can see why!
Heathers in the story of Veronica Sawyer who gets through high school by joining the “heathers”. Veronica falls in love with JD and seriously messed up situations surround them both.
This is a dark comedy tackling issues like teenage suicide. This show was surprisingly deep due to JD seeing wrong in the world.
I saw Heathers twice! Once in the back row of the upper circle and another in the dress circle. First time I was lucky enough to see Olivia Moore as Veronica which and she was truly amazing. You followed her to some dark places but you were 100% with her. She created a believable, charming and funny Veronica Sawyer. Playing JD was Jamie Muscato which he was terrifying at time but you also felt for him as well which is a job well done to him. Also his voice was brilliant with lighter tones and darker tones of his voice really coming though.
This was a transfer from The Other Palace to the Theatre Royal Haymarket so the set was simple but very clever and creative. Steps and walls tuned around and they were something completely different which was so exciting and surprising that there was a different set on the other side. Also the use of sliders at the back worked really well to tell us where we were. One huge thing I noticed was the incredible lighting design. Making light boxes on the floor to show rooms and particularly in “beautiful” the lighting really drew you in because the squares moved with the characters and made hallways and different locations.
The show is set in the 80s so it was very bold and brash. The music also was in the 80s style a bit. The music by Laurence O’Keefe is an incredible rock score with heart. The sound design was very good. With it being more of a rocky score it was very loud at points. In particular the Act 1 finale!
I think I preferred Act 1 because it felt safe and was a bit like a normal musical about teens but I liked the darkness as the show progressed. The direction and choreography for this show was very impressive. And I really enjoyed the overall style of heathers. Slightly over the top at times but it shows what it is like in a teenagers mind.
This is one of my all time favourite shows and if it does come back I would highly recommend this 5* show!
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