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Why 'Heathers: The Musical' Made Winona Ryder Cry

juliet izon | March 28, 2014 | Lifestyle Pursuits Latest The Latest

Based on the 1980s film, the off-Broadway production is a killer good time. It made Winona Ryder cry! Here are five reasons you NEED to see it.

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Barrett Wilbert Weed plays Winona Ryder's film role, Veronica, in Heathers: The Musical. (photo: Chad Batka)

1. Winona Ryder, the original Veronica Sawyer, fell in love with it.

“She was really hesitant to come [at first],” said Barrett Wilbert Weed, who plays Sawyer in Heathers: The Musical. “That movie is really dear to her. It’s kind of what jumpstarted her entire career. But when she did come, she was really overwhelmed and really happy. We were over the moon happy that she loved it so much and that she was crying and hanging out with us!”

2. The screenwriter of the movie likes the musical more than the film.

“Dan Waters, who wrote the movie, has been really heavily involved in our production,” said Weed. “He’s said that what we’ve accomplished in our final draft of the show is closer to what he had hoped to accomplish in the movie.”

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Ryan McCartan stars as JD, the part made famous by Christian Slater. (photo: Chad Batka)

3. Your favorite characters from the movie get even more stage time.

“Heather Chandler, Kurt and Ram, they die in the film and they’re some of the most hilarious parts of the movie,” said Ryan McCartan, who plays JD, aka Christian Slater's part. “With the magic of musical theater, just because someone dies doesn’t mean that they disappear from the show. We get to keep Heather Chandler, Kurt and Ram 'alive,' which really helps keep it on the lighter side.”

4. You'll get to see Heathers super fans geek out.

“We have a lot of Heathers super-fans come and say, ‘Oh my God. We love this because we love the movie,'" said McCartan. "But one of the most amazing things that I’ve experienced is that fans came to me who are 15, 16, 17, and they’re like, ‘We’re in high school right now and this is our life; this is high school.’”

5. The 25th anniversary of Heathers, this coming Monday, March 31, is the show’s opening night.

Relive all the croquet and Drano poisoning hijinks at the New Work Stages (340 W. 50th St.). Tickets are available here.

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