Heathers The Musical

The @sohoplace Theatre provides the perfect home for smash hit cult musical Heathers. The story follows Veronica Sawyer in what looks like an ordinary American high school and as she introduces the stereotypical American characters we start to see the hierarchy. Being different, Sawyer just wants to blend in the background but when the Heather trio discover her talent for forging notes she instantly goes from nobody to popular, however this comes at a price and when ‘JD’ the quirky, mysterious new boy catches her eye the story takes a dark explosive turn.

Jenna Innes is incredible as Veronica Sawyer. She adds so much light and shade to her character that you just can’t help feel sorry for her as the story and her web of lies spiral out of control. She glides us through the story with diary entries and as the story intensifies her effortless vocals hit the mark every time. 

Keelan McAuley plays bad boy Jason Dean ‘JD’.  This role has an intense manner and he plays the psycho very well, his character slowly unravels before our very eyes and you can see how talented he really is. Together both Innes and McAuley are a force to be reckoned with. 

The three Heathers, Esme Bowdler (Heather Chandler), Sedona Sky (Heather Duke) and Daisy Twells (Heather McNamara) are perfectly in sync, love them or hate them everyone remembers the popular kids at school and these ladies are giving off Mean Girl vibes to the max.

Jason Battersby (Ram Sweeney) and Ivan Fernandez Gonzalez (Kurt Kelly) make a great double act as the immature and goofy sports jocks. Lots of energy, sillyness and minimal costume they certainly provide the entertainment.

Amy Miles (Martha Dunnstock) has a lovely voice and really shines with her solo song ‘Kindergarten Boyfriend’.  She has the audience in the palm of her hand. 

The all singing and all dancing ensemble are fantastic, each member playing and covering at least two roles. They are energetic and feisty with top notch rock pop vocals and paired with Gary Lloyd’s precise but punchy choreography you can see why the show has a massive following. 

David Shields' set design from the outside looked simple but was very clever and clearly thought out.

The story deals with some serious issues including bullying and suicide. Although very funny watching, this show makes you glad you never have to go back to school and you can’t help feel sorry for the kids of today. 

This musical is a must see and with so many twists and turns, you will be on the edge of your seat.

This show was reviewed on the 28th May 2024 at @sohoplace, London where it runs until the 6th July 2024.  Tickets available here: Heathers the Musical Tickets | London | @sohoplace


Photo credit: Pamela Raith

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