You know, I could kind of understand the idea of Sleepless in Seattle becoming a stage musical. And then there came news of a London musical version of Ghost — which also makes about 1,000 times more sense than turning the beloved and darkly funny 1989 movie Heathers into a musical and bringing it to the stage. What's more, Kristen Bell has already taken part in a reading of the musical, playing Veronica (though it's not yet known if she'll actually star in the stage production). For more on this crazy news,
Apparently, Heathers screenwriter Dan Waters has given his blessing for this production. Here's more:
"[Waters] understood that our goals were to be creatively attuned to his original work," said Fickman. . . . The film offered many over-top-moments as well as choice lines, something Fickman is eager to bring out musically. "'I love my dead gay son,'" Fickman quoted. "If you can get that into a song, then that is just perfect."
The creative team hopes to have a fully mounted regional production ready for 2010, followed ideally by a Broadway run. The next step would see the stage show adapted for the big screen — the way John Waters's 1988 film Hairspray became a Broadway musical that was then adapted into a hit movie musical.
It just . . . I mean . . . Why would. . . . Sigh. I just don't see how this will work. Can you envision a Heathers musical? I mean, can you?!