DAVE THOMAS BROWN AND KRISTOLYN LLOYD JOIN “HEATHERS” CAST
New York, NY – The producers of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, the new musical stage adaptation of Daniel Waters’ iconic 1989 dark comedy film, welcome Dave Thomas Brown as JD and Kristolyn Lloyd as Heather Duke to the “in-crowd” on Monday, June 9, 2014. Ryan McCartan will play his final performance as JD on Friday, June 6 and Alice Lee will play her final performance as Heather Duke on Sunday, June 8 at 7:30PM. Dan Domenech will play the role of JD on Saturday and Sunday. HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL opened on Monday, March 31, 2014 – the 25th Anniversary of the film’s release – at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Written by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy) and Emmy Award winner Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Defiance”, “Desperate Housewives”), HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is directed by famed stage and screen director Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, Parental Guidance, She’s The Man), with choreography by Emmy Award winner Marguerite Derricks (Fame, Charlie’s Angels, Austin Powers films).
DAVE THOMAS BROWN recently played the role of Melchior in Spring Awakening at San Diego’s Cygnet Theater, where he also played multiple roles, including Mercutio, in Shakepeare’s R&J. He has been a company member of The Flea Theater and performed with the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City. Brown is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
KRISTOLYN LLOYD originated the role of Heather Duke in Heathers: The Musical at The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. Additional theater credits include Witness Uganda (A.R.T.), Hairspray (one of the Dynamites) and RENT at The Hollywood Bowl, and Once on this Island (Reprise!). Lloyd plays the recurring part of Dayzee Leigh Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful”. Lloyd graduated with a BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon.
The critically-acclaimed production, described by The New York Post as “ingenious, naughty and very funny,” received two 2014 Drama Desk Nominations (Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical–Barrett Wilbert Weed; Outstanding Music–Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe) and two Lucille Lortel Award nominations (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical–Barrett Wilbert Weed; Outstanding Choreography–Marguerite Derricks). The world premiere cast recording of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL will be released on Yellow Sound Label on June 17, 2014 and can now be pre-ordered on Amazon.
September, 1989. Westerberg High is terrorized 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 sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place — six feet under. Deliciously, darkly funny, romantic and moving, HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is a truthful, uplifting parable for anyone who’s ever been in love, in trouble, or in high school.
Direct from the sold-out world premiere staging at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles, many members of the cast from the L.A. engagement have continued their roles Off-Broadway, including Barrett Wilbert Weed (Lysistrata Jones, Bare) as Veronica and Ryan McCartan (Disney’s “Liv and Maddie”) as JD. Taking on the roles of The Heathers are Jessica Keenan Wynn (Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Nat’l Tour) as Heather Chandler, Elle McLemore (Bring It On: The Musical, “Army Wives”) as Heather McNamara and Alice Lee (Spring Awakening, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Heather Duke. Katie Ladner will star as Martha Dunnstock, Jon Eidson as Ram Sweeney, Evan Todd as Kurt Kelly, Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Golden Boy) as Ram’s Dad/Big Bud Dean, Dan Cooney (Mamma Mia, 9 to 5) as Kurt’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad/Principal, and Michelle Duffy (Leap of Faith) as Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom. Completing the cast are Dan Domenech, Cait Fairbanks, Rachel Flynn, Molly Hager, Charissa Hogeland, AJ Meijer, Matthew Schatz and Dustin Sullivan.
The feature film Heathers was released on March 31, 1989 and helped launch the careers of actors Winona Ryder (Veronica), Christian Slater (J.D.) and Shannen Doherty (Heather Duke). The film became a cult favorite, spawning memorable phrases such as “What’s your damage?”, “It’ll be very,” and “Are we going to prom or to hell?” that have since enriched the pop culture lexicon. In 2006, Heathers was included in the top five of Entertainment Weekly’s list of the “Greatest High School Movies of All Time”.
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is produced Off-Broadway by Hasty Pudding Presents, Andy Cohen (Untraceable, Captain Ron), Andy Fickman, J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right, Bottle Shock, Dr. Zhivago Australian Tour), Kevin Murphy, Laurence O’Keefe, Amy Powers (Dr. Zhivago, The Game), Jamie Bendell (A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder), Bruce Bendell (Grace), Scott Benson (Inappropriate: The Musical), Scott Prisand (Rock Of Ages, Legally Blonde, Grace), Big Block Entertainment, Bernard Abrams & Michael Speyer/StageVentures, Evan Todd, Katie Leary/ Vineyard Point Productions, Bill Prady, Karen J. Lauder and RJ Hendricks. Denise Di Novi (the film Heathers; Crazy, Stupid Love) is executive producer.
The production features Set Design by Timothy R. Mackabee (Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth), Costume Design by Amy Clark (Chaplin, A Night With Janis Joplin), Lighting Design by Jason Lyons (Rock of Ages, Bring It On: The Musical), Sound Design by Jonny Massena, and Music Direction by Dominick Amendum (First Date).
Tickets are on sale via Telecharge.com/1-800-447-7400 and at the Box Office of New World Stages, 340 W.50th Street, NYC. Performance Schedule: Monday at 8PM, Wednesday at 8PM, Thursday at 8PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2:30 & 8PM and Sunday at 3 & 7:30PM.