Stage Notes: Journeying Through My Favorite Musicals

“Heathers: The Musical”

“Heathers: The Musical” is a stage musical adaptation of the 1988 cult classic “Heathers,” directed by Michael Lehmann and written by Daniel Waters. The musical features music, lyrics, and a book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. It premiered Off-Broadway in 2014 at New World Stages before transferring to the West End in 2018.

The story follows Veronica Sawyer, a high school student who becomes involved with a popular clique of girls all named Heather, led by the ruthless and domineering Heather Chandler.

As Veronica grows disillusioned with the Heathers and their cruel behavior, she finds herself drawn to rebellious newcomer JD. Together, Veronica and JD embark on a dark and twisted journey of revenge and self-discovery.

The musical explores themes of teen angst, popularity, bullying, and the consequences of unchecked power. Despite its dark subject matter, “Heathers: The Musical” incorporates elements of black comedy and satire.

The show has gained a dedicated fanbase for its catchy songs, irreverent humor, and memorable characters. Some of the popular songs from the musical include “Candy Store,” “Dead Girl Walking,” and “Seventeen.”

“Carrie: The Musical”

“Carrie: The Musical” is a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel “Carrie.” The musical features music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, who also wrote the screenplay for the 1976 film adaptation of the novel.

“Carrie: The Musical” premiered on Broadway in 1988, but it closed after only 5 performances due to poor critical reception and financial losses. Despite its initial failure on Broadway, “Carrie: The Musical” has gained a cult following over the years.

The story revolves around Carrie White, a shy and bullied teenage girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers. Raised by her abusive and fanatically religious mother, Margaret White, Carrie struggles to fit in at school and faces relentless torment from her classmates.

As the story unfolds, Carrie is invited to the prom by one of her classmates, Sue Snell, as an act of kindness. However, Carrie’s happiness is short-lived as a cruel prank leads to a tragic and violent climax at the prom.

The musical explores themes of adolescence, bullying, religious fanaticism, and the consequences of cruelty. It blends elements of horror, drama, and coming-of-age storytelling. Despite its dark subject matter, “Carrie: The Musical” also features moments of humor and humanity.

“Little Shop of Horrors”

The story revolves around Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy florist working in Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists, and his discovery of a strange and exotic plant he names Audrey II after his coworker crush, Audrey. However, Seymour soon learns that Audrey II thrives on human blood.

The musical adaptation, which is more widely known, was created by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman. It premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to Off-Broadway and eventually receiving a successful Broadway run.

The musical maintains the darkly comedic tone of the original film while infusing it with catchy songs and a more elaborate storyline.

Written by ChatGTP