Heathers The Musical – Manchester Review

Following two smash hit record-breaking London West End seasons, Heathers The Musical embarks on its first national tour.

Heathers The Musical is showing now at the Palace Theatre until Saturday 9th October 2021.

Last night and my sister headed to the opening night, yes it was press night and we were so excited! It was great to be back at the Palace Theatre, first time being back since it opened.

What’s Heather’s The Musical about then?

Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies is dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true. Until JD turns up, the mysterious teen rebel who teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, bit it is murder to be somebody.

Heather’s The Musical is based on the 1980’s cult high school movie of the same name. A movie that I haven’t seen, but will be doing. I believe there are quite a few differences with the musical.

The show started with Veronica Sawyer (Rebecca Wickes), teenage misfit who writes in her diary about one day fitting in with the popular girls- the Heather’s. The trio of Heather’s run the school, with Heather Chandler (Maddison Firth) at the helm and she is ‘perfection’ itself- and they show no mercy! New kid JD (Simon Gordon) comes to town and shows Veronica it’s not always a good thing to fit in. But as their relationship strengthens, we really start to see who JD really is.

This laugh out loud musical is certainly like marmite. People will either love it or hate it, I can’t imagine there would be much in between. I have to say I loved it! and so did my sister!

It’s certainly a very different kind of musical. It’s very dark but also so funny. It doesn’t take itself seriously and you shouldn’t too. It touches on the theme of suicide which obviously is no joke, but in this musical it is and surprisingly it works! From faking suicides to attempted suicide, murder there’s even an attempted date rape scene! But somehow the audience is in stitches throughout.

I felt that the part of Veronica Sawyer was made for Rebecca Wickes. Her acting was fantastic, her facial expressions throughout to the audience were brilliant. But it was her voice that was outstanding. The scenes with her singing (and that was most of them) were some of my favourite, with her rendition of ‘I Say No’ absolutely blowing me away.

Head b*tch Heather Chandler, was also a favourite character of mine but (spoiler alert) after she was dead! Maddison Firth’s character never leaves the stage after her *ahem suicide and she haunts Veronica. It’s done in such a clever way, she’s funny and witty- I loved her scenes.

The music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Ben Green are energic and memorable, I’ll be singing the songs for weeks! If you’re looking for an hilarious musical, that doesn’t take itself too seriously and you just want some ‘Big Fun’ then why not join the Heather’s whilst their in Manchester.

In return for this honest review, I am luckily enough to be invited to come along to watch the show! Thank you to the Palace and Opera House Manchester who keep inviting me back.

If you liked this review and love the theatre as much as me, you can check out some of the other shows I have review here.

I’d love to know what your favourite musical is? Comment below.

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