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Kristen Bell May Star in the Heathers Stage Musical. Wait, What?



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,

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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?!

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