Heathers: The Musical is officially making the jump from stage to screen with a filmed stage performance from London's The Other Palace that will premiere in the U.S. and Canada as a Roku Original on The Roku Channel September 16. Get a special sneak peek at the filmed performance above.
The capture will be available to watch for free anywhere The Roku Channel streams, which includes Roku streaming devices, Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV devices, the Roku mobile app for iOS and Android, and in browser at TheRokuChannel.Roku.com.
As previously announced, the capture is led by Ailsa Davidson as Veronica Sawyer and Simon Gordon as Jason “J.D” Dean, alongside Maddison Firth as Heather Chandler, Vivian Panka as Heather Duke, Teleri Hughes as Heather McNamara, Vicki Lee Taylor as Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom, Mhairi Angus as Martha Dunnstock, Liam Doyle as Kurt Kelly, Rory Phelan as Ram Sweeney, Oliver Brooks as Kurt’s Dad/Big Bud Dean/Coach Ripper, Andy Brady as Ram’s Dad/Principal Gowan/Veronica’s Dad, Benjamin Karran as Beleaguered Geek, Chris Parkinson as Hipster Dork/Officer McCord, Jermaine Woods as Peppy Stud/Officer Milner, Eleanor Morrison Halliday as Young Republicanette, Mary-Jean Caldwell as Stoner Chick, Hannah Lowther as New Wave Party Girl, and May Tether as Drama Club Drama Queen.
Heathers is directed for the stage by Andy Fickman and features choreography by Gary Lloyd, costume and production design by David Shields, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Dan Samson, and musical direction by Phil Cornwel. Production services are by Steam Motion and Sound, with Roku, Village Roadshow Pictures, and BKStudios producing.
Based on the 1989 cult favorite film, Heathers: The Musical follows Westerberg High student Veronica Sawyer who's on track to become one of the most popular girls in school after befriending the beautiful but cruel Heathers, only to meet a mysterious teen rebel who changes everything. The work—which features a book, music, and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe—premiered at Los Angeles' Hudson Backstage Theatre in 2013 before moving Off-Broadway the following year. The New York run would prove to be short-lived, running less than four months, but the musical followed the success of its source material to become a cult favorite thanks to its cast album and productions at regional theatres and schools.
The filmed stage performance captures the musical's original London production, which bowed at The Other Palace in 2018 before breaking box-office records and transferring to Theatre Royal Haymarket the same year. Since its debut, the production toured the U.K. and played an encore run at the Haymarket that later transferred back to its original home at The Other Palace, where it was filmed on stage earlier this year.
"We are committed to finding a variety of great ways to bring premium programming to our audience, and there’s nothing like the thrill of a live performance," says Roku Head of Originals David Ellenberg. "That’s why we can’t wait for viewers to experience the sights and sounds of Heathers: The Musical. We’re thrilled to work with Village Roadshow Pictures and BKStudios to capture the on-stage magic and bring it to millions of households to enjoy free on The Roku Channel."
"We’re ecstatic to work with BKStudios and The Roku Channel to directly bring the phenomenal performances in Heathers: The Musical to such a massive U.S. audience," adds Village Roadshow Pictures Executive Vice Presidents Jillian Apfelbaum and Tristen Tuckfield. "The story of Heathers has continued to infatuate fans for decades, and we have no doubt that audiences will be utterly delighted by this live adaptation."
Steam Motion and Sound was founded in 2003 by Brett Sullivan and Clayton Jacobsen in Sydney. Their live theatre films include Waitress, Bonnie and Clyde, Prince of Egypt (all currently in post-production); Aladdin (Disney+), Kinky Boots, Newsies, Miss Saigon, Billy Elliot, Love Never Dies, Phantom of the Opera 25th, Les Miserables 25th, and Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular.