On the 13th of June I got the opportunity to go and see Heathers the Musical at The Other Palace and it was absolutely incredible!!!! Before going to the show I had listened to a few of the songs from the soundtrack and had seen the movie so although I knew the basic storyline and some of the songs nothing could have prepared me for being in the theatre as it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. It felt like everyone was part of the production as it is being performed in quite a small theatre which intensified the already electric energy and *spoiler ahead* during one of the songs someone gets selected from the audience which just adds to the feeling of everyone being somehow involved in the production. Everyone was on the edge of their seats and because Heathers is such a classic show everyone was waiting for certain lines and would cheer before certain songs especially My Dead Gay Son- the reaction to that song from the crowd is something I will never forget 😂 If you do go to see the show I would also recommend getting a Heathers inspired cocktail, I tried the Freeze Your Brain slushie and also Shine a Light which were both delicious!
I feel like I can’t talk about Heathers the Musical without first discussing Carrie Hope Fletcher who was absolutely incredible as Veronica Sawyer. I had previously seen her in The Addams Family and am a fan of her YouTube channel but her performance as Veronica was on another level! She is on stage for basically the entire production so the stamina alone needed for that is an accomplishment in itself. Her vocal range is incredible which I already knew from seeing her in a previous production but the Heathers soundtrack requires a very strong voice to pull it off which she definitely did. I think Andy Fickman definitely made the right decision choosing Carrie for the role of Veronica, it was like the role was made for her! Veronica in the show is very loving and just wants everyone to be kind to each other which is very similar to Carrie in real life who many (including myself) look up to as a role model and big sister figure 🙂 I have watched Carrie for a few years now since I was 16 so it was great seeing Carrie get out of her comfort zone and progress as an actress as well because Veronica certainly finds herself in some interesting situations *coughs* dead girl walking *coughs* accessory to murder. I’m excited to follow Carrie’s journey as Veronica through her Big Fun Friday vlogs as well 🙂
Not only was Carrie incredible but the whole cast is insanely talented!! Jamie Muscato was fantastic as the psychotic but strangely loveable J.D. and portrayed the complexity of J.D.’s character impeccably. Sophie Isaacs portrayal of Heather McNamara was heart wrenching and I found myself tearing up during the song Lifeboat, she showed the sadness and feeling of hopelessness with regards to McNamaras character perfectly. Jodie Steele made a fantastic Heather Chandler and looked like she was having Big Fun on stage especially during The Me Inside of Me. Her voice during Candy Store blew me away and I will definitely be expecting to see her in lots more productions in the future. Heather Duke was played by T’shan Williams who showed the progression of her character from before and after Heather Chandlers death impeccably well and took her opportunity to shine during Never Shut Up Again and really showed her amazing voice 🙂 Jenny O’Leary was phenomenal as Martha Dunnstock and I again was getting teary during her rendition of Kindergarden Boyfriend. Rebecca Lock was hilarious as Ms Flemming and her voice fit the song Shine A Light perfectly 🙂 Chris Chung and Dominic Anderson made a fantastic double act with Kurt and Ram, they both had great voices and although I’m sure they’re both lovely people played the creepy douchebags very well 🙂
Heathers is a musical about acceptance and how we should always choose to act with kindness. It does an amazing job at tackling some very dark issues including suicide and date rape in a comical way but also highlighting the seriousness of these issues. I wish I could watch the show again but alas the show is now sold out for its entire run until August!! How Very!!