Heathers The Musical at Rock River Repertory Theatre

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Looking for a night of laughs and great music? Then head over to the Rock River Repertory Theatre to catch Heathers The Musical! This darkly satirical show is based on the 1988 cult classic film and follows the story of Veronica Sawyer as she navigates the cruel world of Westerburg High School. With a killer soundtrack and plenty of witty one-liners, Heathers The Musical is sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages.


Performances of Heathers The Musical will take place at the Rock River Repertory Theatre in July and August. The show is based on the classic film of the same name, and tells the story of a group of high school girls who are members of the clique known as the Heathers.

What is Heathers The Musical?

Heathers: The Musical is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and a book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, based on the 1989 film of the same name. The show tells the story of Veronica Sawyer, a senior at the fictional Westerburg High School in Ohio, who gets mixed up with a group of rich and popular students nicknamed the Heathers.

The Plot

“Heathers The Musical” is based on the classic 1989 film. The musical tells the story of Veronica Sawyer, a high school student who falls in with a group of rich and popular students, known as the “Heathers”. When Veronica falls for new student Jason Dean (J.D.), she quickly realizes that he is not who he seems to be. J.D. is a rebel who has a dark side, and together, they plot to kill the Heathers. But when their plan goes horribly wrong, Veronica must face the consequences of her actions.

The Characters

The Characters:
Heather Chandler: The “leader” of the clique of three rich girls who are the bullies at Westerburg High School. She is a bigoted, cruel, racist, homophobic, and sexist teenager who takes delight in humiliating and mistreating others.
Heather Duke: The second-in-command of the clique. She is just as cruel and bullying as Chandler, but is not as confident, and is often overshadowed by Chandler’s more forceful personality.
Heather McNamara: The meekest and most sensitive of the Heathers. She is often used by her friends to do their bidding, but secretly feels left out and unloved.
Veronica Sawyer: A fairly popular girl who runs with the Heathers, but does not share their values. She is tired of their bullying ways, but feels trapped by her need to be popular.
J.D.: A brooding outsider who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere. He is intrigued by Veronica’s willingness to stand up to the Heathers, and the two form a friendship that quickly turns into a dangerous obsession.

The Music

The music for Heathers The Musical was composed by Laurence O’Keefe, with additional songs by Kevin Murphy. The majority of the cast album was produced by O’Keefe and Murphy, with Bill Draheim serving as engineer and mixer. “Beautiful” and “Dead Girl Walking” were co-produced by Brian Whedon. All other songs were produced by O’Keefe and Murphy.

The Lyrics

The lyrics for Heathers the Musical were written by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, who also wrote the music. The musical is based on the 1989 film of the same name, which was written by Daniel Waters.

The musical follows the story of Veronica Sawyer, a student at Westerburg High School who is trying to escape her popularity-obsessed clique of “Heathers”. When Veronica falls in love with rebel J.D., she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her life and herself.

The lyrics for Heathers are smart, funny, and often razor-sharp. They perfectly capture the dark comedy of the film, while also adding an extra layer ofdepth and emotion to the characters.

Some of the most memorable moments in Heathers come from its iconic songs, like “Dead Girl Walking”, “Candy Store”, “Meant to Be Yours”, and “Big Fun”. But there are also quieter moments that are just as impactful, like Veronica’s solo “I Say No” or J.D.’s “Freeze Your Brain”.

Whether you’re a fan of the film or you’re experiencing Heathers for the first time, the lyrics are sure to stay with you long after the curtain falls.

The Set

The set for Heathers The Musical is inspired by the original film. It is a high school set with lockers, classrooms, and a gym. The set is designed to be modular so that it can be easily moved and reconfigured for different venues.

The Costumes

Rock River Rep’s production of “Heathers The Musical” is full of dynamic characters and even more fascinating costumes. From the edgy, all-black style of Veronica Sawyer to the bright and bubbly looks of the Heathers, every costume helps to tell the story and define each individual character.

Veronica Sawyer is the ultimate outsider. She’s not popular, she’s not a nerd, and she doesn’t really fit in anywhere. Her style reflects her feelings of alienation and isolation. She wears all black, has dark makeup, and her clothes are always solution dyed fabrics – meaning they will never fade away no matter how many times they are washed. This is in stark contrast to the uniforms worn by the Heathers, which are designed to be as bright and eye-catching as possible.

The Heathers are the mean girls of Westerberg High School. They are rich, popular, and they always get what they want. Their costumes reflect their status and power. They wear designer clothes, high heels, perfect makeup, and their hair is always perfectly styled. They are the epitome of what it means to be popular in Westerberg High School.

J.D., Veronica’s love interest, is the classic bad boy. He’s dangerous, he’s misunderstood, and he’s got a rebellious streak a mile wide. His style reflects his bad boy image. He wears all leather, has big chains, and his clothes are always ripped and torn. He’s the perfect example of what it means to be a bad boy in Westerberg High School.

The Lighting

The show is a black comedy set in the ’80s about cliques, murder and teenage angst. The Tony-nominated musical has a rock score and is based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

The Rock River Repertory Theatre production of Heathers The Musical is set to open on August 2nd and will run through August 18th.

The show is a black comedy set in the ’80s about cliques, murder and teenage angst. The Tony-nominated musical has a rock score and is based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

Leading the charge as the creative team behind this highly anticipated production are Director/Choreographer Sarah Haynes, Musical Director Evan McFarlane, Lighting Designer Wendy Watriss and Set Designer Joe McDonald.

The Conclusion

Rock River Repertory Theatre’s production of Heathers The Musical has come to a close. We would like to thank all of those who attended and supported the show. We could not have done it without you!

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