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Cult Classic Meets Musical Theater in ‘Heathers’

Cult Classic Meets Musical Theater in ‘Heathers’

Impressive performance arranged in three weeks

Musical Version of 1988 Teen Film Dark, Funny

Musical Theatre Southwest is hosting a bit of a cult classic.

“Heathers, the Musical” is a wonderful bit of small theater that is hilarious, dark and not for the faint of heart.

Directed by the talented Devon Frieder, the show is a stage version of the 1988 cult classic film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. It keeps the black comedy, the controversial themes, and memorable catch-phrases and mixes it up with catchy showtunes and dance numbers.

Put together in less than three weeks, it’s an impressive feat from an impressive cast.

Frieder plays protagonist Veronica Sawyer, a smart-ass outsider who is brought into the vicious circle of Heathers.

Songs like “Beautiful” and “Dead Girl Walking” show Veronica’s character develop from a social misfit who doesn’t quite fit in, to a girl who decides to do what’s right in the face of bullies, all while her world blows up around her.

Don’t be fooled though, the other true star of this show is Rodrigo Zaragoza. He’s chillingly scary as the manipulative and cunning Jason Dean, or J.D. Equally as talented as Frieder, the two combine wit with unnerving chemistry to create a show that’s worth a night out.

It’s a show that has become extremely relevant, bringing topics like teen suicide and the consequences of bullying to light in a way audiences probably wouldn’t expect.

“Heathers” runs through Jan. 15 at 6320 Domingo Rd. NE Ste B, Albuquerque. For more information or tickets, click here.


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Ashley Kurtz is a freelance theater critic.

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