Let me put down my monocle and diary for a moment and explain. Following a trend of cult classic movies brought to Broadway in musical form comes the dark hit, Heathers, the Musical. Now playing at the Salvage Vanguard is Doctuh Mistuh’s production, following Veronica Sawyer (Aline Mayagoitia), through high school, making her way as a popular girl, while fighting all the teen angst, suicides and a homicidal boyfriend, JD (Gray Randolph).
The BEST part of this show is the music and the delicious choreography. It’s been a long time since a new musical has me moving and laughing at the same time; cackling outbursts. I wish I had the words to explain the giddiness at seeing and hearing “My Dead Gay Son” (need I explain?) and “Blue”, an upbeat pop song about having and curing blue balls. Perhaps, the best performance from both Mayagoitia and Randolph was the duet, “Our Love is God”, taken from a single line in the original film. They’re performance fits the darkness and the intensity of their moments together. Mayagoitia singing alone in the dark, “I am Damaged” gave me goosebumps and really drove home the deep sickness of the whole situation. How very!
What could I even begin to say about the costumes? Lick it up, baby. LICK IT UP. Seeing the Heathers in their oh-so bitch’n double breasted jackets and shoulder pads had me gagging for more costume changes. It’s only too bad no one was as popular as the Heathers so they could get the good stuff.
Who ever said theater couldn’t be dark and funny at the same time. I mean, if you didn’t have a brain tumor for breakfast then this show should be first on your list of things to see and do in Austin this weekend. Don’t forget your cornuts. Gotta motor!