Cult classics from the 1980s remain cult classics for a reason. The Breakfast Club, Say Anything, Pretty in Pink, and 16 Candles are all classics from the 80s because they push the boundaries and tell stories of high school, and the cruelty of some peoples’ behaviour.
Heathers tells the tale of teenage Veronica, who is caught between a clique of vicious, immaculately attired in-girls (all named Heather), and the charming outsider rebel, JD, who really wants to kill everybody - and partially succeeds, with Veronica’s help. The film touched on, and laughed at, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, school shootings, peer group pressure, fat-shaming, homosexuality and even rape. It’s high school in tooth, claw and scrunchie.
With all of these topics it’s no wonder the cult classic film has become such a popular musical and has finally got the West End transfer it deserved. Maybe it’s lines such as “Well, f*** me gently with a chainsaw”, or “Did you have a brain tumour for breakfast”. The musical’s pitch-black comedy has been brightened with musical numbers such as Freeze Your Brain and My Dead Gay Son where a double funeral becomes an anthem for inclusion.
Following a lengthy try out at The Other Palace in Victoria it has just transferred to the West End for a 12-week-run with newly revised songs. So, if you are looking for a musical that is a throwback to childhood, or even something fun and entertaining to watch, “Heathers” is definitely the musical for you. You will laugh, you will cry, it will have you cheering in your seats.