Heathers: The Musical Premieres Off-Broadway
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The last date listed for Heathers: The Musical was Sunday August 3, 2014 / 7:30pm.
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In his multi-media FringeNYC performance, New York-based playwright/actor Jamil Ellis explores the concept of the "Magical Negro" character featured in films throughout Hollywood's history. From "Uncle Remus" in Disney's Song of the South to Whoopi Goldberg's psychic in Ghost to "John Coffey" in The Green Mile, these roles are thought to portray a two-dimensional black character who uses his or her special powers solely to help the film's white protagonist. Through the use of video, original music and monologue, Magical Negro Speaks explores the effects of these roles and contemplates the ways in which they'll impact future generations. Learn More
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Featured review from NYC Mike
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Very funny show. The first half was much funnier. The second half took a darker comedy path (to be expected if you are familiar with the movie). I can see this one day being reworked into a Broadway show, with a little more polishing up of the second act. But overall the cast did a fantastic job and the songs were both catchy and hilarious. The soundtrack is a must have if you like campy, funny show tunes. Great fun!
Quotes & Highlights
- “What I didn’t foresee — and found utterly delightful — was a depth of feeling and a lyrical polish that elevate the material above a retro goof … Sassy, sexy and oh-so-smart, Heathers deserves to run with the popular crowd.” —Time Out New York(four stars)
- “Like the cult movie to which it pays homage, Heathers: The Musical should score with all those teen misfits who fantasized about getting even with the popular kids who humiliated them in high school — which is to say, just about everyone.” —Variety
- “[The] terrific pop score smartly expands the story while echoing its pitch-black but hilarious tone … Marguerite Derricks’ 1980s aerobics-class choreography adds to the hilarity. Director Andy Fickman’s cast of mostly new faces is excellent.” —New York Daily News (four stars)
“If you want to relive a cult flick, head over to the ingenious, very funny Heathers: The Musical, which pulls off wonders on a shoestring.” —New York Post