'HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL' Premiering on The Roku Channel in September


Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another one of the nobodies 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 shows up – the mysterious teen rebel who teaches her that everyone fears being a nobody, but its murder being a somebody...

Roku announced that it will exclusively bring a live capture of the stage adaptation of the hit West End musical “Heathers: The Musical” to The Roku Channel as a Roku Original special. The special is produced by Village Roadshow Pictures (VRP) and Bill Kenwright’s BKStudios. The Roku Original special will be available to stream on Friday, September 16, 2022, on The Roku Channel in the U.S.

“Heathers: The Musical” is based on one of the greatest cult teen films of all time, “Heathers” (1989). Andy Fickman directs the musical, with book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe. Fickman, Murphy and O’Keefe will also produce.

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The musical will be filmed at The Other Palace, where it started its U.K. journey in 2018. Originally produced by Bill Kenwright & Paul Taylor Mills, it grew its initial cult following and became a box office record-breaker, ultimately transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a sold-out limited run later that year. The production then returned to the Haymarket for another successful West End season in 2021, and concurrently a U.K. tour, before returning to its original home, The Other Palace, in November 2021, where it is still breaking records.

The play is based on the characters created by Daniel Waters for the original film, which was directed by Michael Lehmann and produced by Denise Di Novi. The original film “Heathers” is now part of the vast library of IP titles controlled by VRP’s parent company Vine Alternative Investments. VRP will handle international sales of the filmed version of the musical as well.

CAST:

  • Ailsa Davidson - Veronica Sawyer

  • Simon Gordon - Jason ‘J.D.’ Dean

  • Maddison Firth - Heather Chandler

  • Vivian Panka - Heather Duke

  • Teleri Hughes - Heather McNamara

  • Mhairi Angus - Martha Dunnstock

  • Liam Doyle - Kurt Kelly

  • Rory Phelan - Ram Sweeney

  • Vicki Lee Taylor - Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom

  • Andy Brady - Veronica’s Dad/ Kurt’s Dad / Principal Gowan

  • Oliver Brooks - Ram’s Dad/Big Bud Dean/Coach Ripper

  • Benjamin Karran -Beleaguered Geek

  • Chris Parkinson – Hipster Dork/Officer McCord

  • Jermaine Woods – Preppy Stud/Officer Milner

  • Eleanor Morrison-Halliday – Young Republicanette

  • Mary-Jean Caldwell – Stoner Chick

  • Hannah Lowther – New Wave Party Girl

  • May Tether – Drama Club Drama Queen

CREW:

  • Directed by Andy Fickman

  • Book, Music & Lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe

  • Choreography by Gary Lloyd

  • Costume & Production Designs by David Shields

  • Lighting by Ben Cracknell

  • Sound by Dan Samson

  • Musical Direction by Phil Cornwel.

  • Production Services by Steam Motion and Sound

  • Arrangements and Orchestrations by Laurence O’Keefe and Ben Green


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About Village Roadshow Entertainment Group: Village Roadshow Entertainment Group is a leading global entertainment company building premier, content-rich businesses in the entertainment industry. VREG employs innovative strategies to produce, acquire and deliver intellectual properties with timeless appeal, while maximizing group-wide strategic and operational efficiencies. VREG is the holding company of Village Roadshow Pictures and Village Roadshow Television, whose most recent projects include “Capital One College Bowl” for NBC. Under its leadership by Vine Alternative Investments, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group diversified its portfolio to include financing and producing projects across multiple formats including film, television and digital.