FERNDALE — The Ringwald Theatre continues its Season of Classics with the Detroit premiere of “Heathers the Musical” by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe.
Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place — six feet under.
“Heathers the Musical” is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.
Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (“Reefer Madness”) and Laurence O’Keefe (“Bat Boy,” “Legally Blonde”), “Heathers the Musical” is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. With songs like “Freeze Your Brain,” “Dead Girl Walking,” and “My Dead Gay Son,” Heathers wants to know: are you in, or are you out?
Brandy Joe Plambeck directs with musical direction by Bethany Calderona, and choreography by Jill Dion.
“Heathers the Musical” plays through Monday, June 13 at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Ticket prices are $25 for Friday and Saturday performances, $20 for Sunday shows, and Monday nights are more than half off the original ticket price at only $10 a ticket. All students can now receive a $5 discount off normal ticket price on Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances (available at the box office the day of the show with valid student ID). Tickets can be purchased at http://www.TheRingwald.com or at the theater box office. The Ringwald box office opens 45 minutes before performances and tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card.
The Ringwald opened their doors eight years ago on May 11, 2007 with “Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy.” Quickly, The Ringwald became a mainstay of Detroit’s theater community. Past Productions include: “Mr. Burns,” “a post-electric play,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Stupid Fucking Bird,” “Angels in America,” “Into the Woods,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “August: Osage County,” “The Bad Seed,” “Making Porn,” “The Book of Liz,” and “Evil Dead: The Musical.” The Ringwald was named 2009, 2012 and 2013 Best Theatrical Troupe by Real Detroit and Best Place to See Local Theatre in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the readers of Metro Times.
The Ringwald Theatre is located at 22742 Woodward Ave. in the Times Square of downtown Ferndale.