By Veronica U-K.
Heather, Heather, and Heather. If you thought Mean Girls was the best production of high school drama, allow me to suggest that you listen up “before I slap your face off.”
The show is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and a book by Laurence O’Keefe & Kevin Murphy, and is based on the 1988 film: Heathers. After a Los Angeles tryout, the show had a production Off-Broadway in 2014. Although I have yet to see this show live, I would just like to take a moment to thank my two friends, Siobhan and Mattea, for introducing me to this glorious rendition of high school.
So the story begins with Veronica Sawyer. She is a high school student who is the seemingly only person to see through everyone else’s ignorance at Westerburg High School. She looks to the Heathers, (a group that would make even Regina George scared) who seem to “float above it all,” as they are admired, hated, and envied by all. At first, the group seems to take to her, until she begins hanging out with J.D, the irresponsible heartthrob in a trench.
The story continues with murder (WHAT?) and chaos, as the ever present themes of finding true love, coming of age, and embracing individuality are all so eloquently reinforced through Murphy and O’Keefe’s collaboration.
It is not very often that a story not only manages to capture the beauty of youth, while also degrading the very essence of it.
Here’s the first song, “Beautiful.” (One of my favorites!) Find more one youtube.com