REVIEW: Heathers the Musical
Who would ever think the angsty decade of the 80’s would make a triumphant return, with an almost forgotten croquet film, milked over teen suicide starring Winona Rider, Shannon Doherty and heartthrob Christian Slater.
Now, ‘Heathers’ is a big blue balls ride of a musical, playing now at QPAC in Brisbane.
Set in Westerberg High School, Veronica Sawyer is played by Jaz Flowers, an incredible performance blooming with such depth and integrity, you are right there for the long ride with her version of Veronica. She is romantically teamed with the mysterious Stephen Madsen as J.D, although writers Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy have lost this character in translation from its sociopath beginnings in the original screenplay by Daniel Waters.
And it’s the Heathers, Chandler, McNamara and Duke, who round out the bitching and bully pranks, played by Kirby Burgess, Erin Clare and Libby Asciak, they are a Greek chorus of Rupaul queens, but in flats. Other stand out performances include Lauren Mckenna’s Martha and ripped forbidden gay lovers Jakob Ambrose and Vincent Hooper. Ambrose has the best butt in the business.
A Directorial debut for Trevor Ashley, he is undoubtedly now the king of black comedy, he has assembled some of the finest creatives including Choreographer Cameron Mitchell, Musical Director Bev Kennedy and Costume Designer Angela White. This production moves, sounds and looks multi million dollar and smells all award winning. It’s bound to be as cultish as the film, with standing ovations and hundreds of audience members waiting at stage door for selfies with a good looking and talented ensemble.