Show is a 'fresh, new musical with plenty of attitude'

Show is a 'fresh, new musical with plenty of attitude'

by Henry James (August 2021)

THE Liverpool Empire reopened again this month after having to close during the pandemic.

Heathers The Musical can be seen at the venue this week until Saturday (August 28).

The show is based on the 1989 film of the same name, and has received a WhatsOnStage award for Best New Musical. The film starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

In this production, the main character is Veronica Sawyer, who is expertly played by Rebecca Wickes.

Veronica’s status at Westerberg High improves when she joins the clique of friends called the Heathers.

She then meets JD and Veronica becomes attracted to him. JD (Simon Gordon) is not a good influence on her. Gordon portrays the unpredictability of his character well.

The Heathers include, Heather McNamara (Lizzy Parker), Heather Duke (Merryl Ansah) and Heather Chandler (Maddison Firth). Chandler has plenty of attitude and Firth is worthy of note for her performance.

Martha (Mhairi Angus) who is Veronica’s best friend, gives an excellent solo rendition of the number, Kindergarten Boyfriend in the second half.

This musical explores some serious topics, such as suicide in young people and inclusivity. These are highlighted in more detail in the second half of the show. Although it must be pointed out that this show is a black comedy.

The score is energetic and among the highlights is the number ‘Seventeen’. This is originally sung by Veronica and JD and then again at the end of the show. It is a fitting number to finish with.

This is a fresh, new musical with plenty of attitude. 8/10

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