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'Heathers' Makes Way From Screen to Stage

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The 1988 black comedy "Heathers" has gone from screen to stage. The show makes its way to the off-broadway boards after a sold out engagement in Los Angeles last fall. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.

Watch out kids, the Heathers are back in town!

But this time the popular clique will be singing and dancing on stage.

Based on the 1988 cult film of the same name, "Heathers" brings the trials and tribulations of high school to theatrical life. The show follows the story of Veronica and her clash with original "mean girls" - Heather Chandler, Heather Duke and Heather McNamara.

The property goes from film to stage courtesy of Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy. O'Keefe is best known on Broadway for co-writing the musical "Legally Blonde."

"We thought it would be incredibly strange and off-end and dangerous to do it, and it turned out that it’s become really rewarding," says O'Keefe.

Taking on the the infamous Heathers are Jessica Keenan Wynn, Elle McLemore and Alice Lee. So did their high school experiences parallel the mean girls they portray on stage?

"So we were the Heathers of the choir/drama department, no, but not really," says Lee.

Actress Barrett Wilbert Weed portrays Veronica, a role created on film by Winona Ryder. The moment I asked Barrett about her high school years, she said she was tormented by someone who she classifies as a "Heather," but in the end Barrett got the last laugh.

"And I see that girl walking towards me down the street. I have not seen this person since I was 14 years old. She's like 'are you still singing?' and I was like 'yeah, I just got my first Broadway show yesterday. What are you doing?' and she was like 'well, you know, I'm just, like, unemployed right now, just, like, kind of looking for something.' And I was like 'good luck with that' and walked away. And I was like 'ah!'" says Weed.

And if you're looking to relive your high school years, be sure to check out "Heathers: the musical" at New World Stages. Class begins on March 15.

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