Posted at 1:11 PM Mar 12, 2009
By Sharon Steel
Can you imagine the line "Teenage suicide, don't do it!" echoing plaintively in a Broadway theater? Try. Because Heathers: The Musical is stagebound in 2010.
Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness) is developing a play about the 1988 mean-girl dark comedy, which starred Winona Ryder and our own Regression Obsession Christian Slater. Fickman is working with Kevin Murphy, who will develop the lyrics and book, and composer Larry O'Keefe -- the latter earned a Tony nod for the score of Legally Blonde.
It's been under-the-radar for some time now, but the production did some early readings this week: Kristen Bell played Veronica and Christian Campbell took on J.D. We're not sure about Veronica Mars as Veronica Sawyer, but we're withholding full judgment until the real cast is announced. And how can we worry when the project has been given the blessing of screenwriter Dan Waters, who clearly recognizes the movie's adaptable potential?
" 'I love my dead gay son'," Fickman quoted. "If you can get that
into a song, then that is just perfect."
Our love is God, let's go get a Slushie.