The Original West End Cast Recording of Heathers The Musical is now available on CD.
Already available to download and stream, a physical CD package has now been confirmed.
Together with the album, the CD release includes 44-page booklet with all the song lyrics, production photos from the recent West End run plus and notes from the original film director as well as the musical songwriters Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy.
Heathers played London’s West End in 2018 starring Carrie Hope Fletcher as Veronica and Jamie Muscato as Jason Dean (JD).
The complete Original London Cast members are Jodie Steele (Chandler), T’Shan Williams (Duke), Sophie Isaacs (McNamara), Christopher Chung (Kurt Kelly), Dominic Andersen (Ram Sweeney), Jenny O’Leary (Martha Dunnstock), Rebecca Lock (Ms. Flemming), Jon Boydon (Kurt’s Dad/Veronica’s Day/Principal Gowan), Alex James-Hatton (Officer Milner), Charlotte Jaconelli (Stoner Chick), Lauren Drew (New Wave Girl), Olivia Moore (Young Republicanette), Nathan Amzi (Ram’s Day/Big Bud Dean/Coach Ripper), Brandon Lee Sears (Preppy Stud), Merryl Ansah (Drama Club Drama Queen), and John Lumsden (Hipster Dork).
Following the release of an Off-Broadway Cast Recording in 2014, the new Original West End Cast Recording features an updated score including three new songs.
Writers Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy said of the upcoming release and new songs: “We’ve made significant revisions to Heathers since the first album came out in 2014. This is the first time the definitive version of the show has been recorded and getting to make a permanent record of this production is the icing on the cake.
“‘I Say No’ is an emancipation anthem in which Veronica cuts ties with her homicidal boyfriend. Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of our lead producers, suggested we give her an eleven o’clock number to establish her moral clarity by firmly articulating the idea that that violence is never a solution to the injustices of high school.”
“On the original cast recording, Heather Duke was the only Heather that didn’t have a full-length song, so when we were asked to re-work the show for London, adding this song was the top of our to-do list. ‘Never Shut Up Again’ dramatizes this huge emotional moment for the character, as a girl with justifiable resentments and grievances finally achieves power, only to become even more cruel and brutal than her predecessor.”
“The song ‘You’re Welcome’ shows Veronica’s point of view and gives her a chance to triumph over her tormentors in a way that ‘Blue’ did not. The decision to change the song was made because ‘Blue’ sent a message that wasn’t intended — that Veronica, cornered by two drunk, entitled, fairly violent football players, still wasn’t in any real danger, which sent a signal to the audience that this isn’t an important moment.
“Although American productions of Heathers have been performing ‘You’re Welcome’ for some time now, this is the first time it’s been recorded.”