Greetings and salutations!
I was lucky enough to see Heathers during its run at The Other Palace, one of my favourite venues. Its small space makes it feel intimate yet the productions still feel high quality which means you always get great value for money on your ticket price. I was a bit gutted I didn’t get around to seeing it at the Haymarket (I’ve got to give my bank balance a break sometimes!). Sadly, I never got to see Carrie Hope Fletcher belt out I Say No but luckily they released a cast album so I can hear her take on Veronica whenever I like as well as the rest of the amazing original West End Heathers cast!
Here are my reviews of the songs from Act One:
From “September 1st 1989” straight through to that last note, I was buzzing listening to this. It’s very like the original American cast recording but it’s the introduction to the show so it makes sense for it to be the same with a few differences here and there. It’s also the first time we hear a few of the cast members’ individual vocals (which are fab!) and the ensemble singing together (also fab!).
Yessssss galsss, this song is just as feisty as the original American Heathers take on it and Jodie, T’Shan and Sophie’s harmonies are gorgeous. I honestly think I’d be honoured if Jodie Steele threatened me in song.
Fight For Me
Firstly, Carrie Hope Fletcher’s “daaayyuuumm” is hilarious and how her voice sounds so soft and hopeful (no pun intended) in this song suits the theme of the song so well, I love it!
Freeze Your Brain
Oh my Lord. I think I did a Carrie daaayyuuumm the first time I listened to this. Jamie Muscato’s voice is so so so smooth. I also feel like he made this song totally his own. To me at least (baring in mind I have little-to-no actual music knowledge), the way he sings this song is totally different to Ryan McCartan on the original cast recording. It’s more smooth and feels more like he’s being a bit flirty with Veronica as he’s singing which totally makes sense for the scene. And, somehow his voice STILL sounds smooth as hell when he’s singing the harsher end of the song and his last “freeze your brain” line is so… am I going to say it again?… apparently yes, for lack of a better word, smooth. The whole damn song is smooth ok. This is one of my favs from this album so sorry but I just needed to get this ramble of me.
~ Do I hear lyric changes? ~ “You’re a natural, just like my mom”, had me cackling. I very much approve of this new version of Big Fun.
Dead Girl Walking
Ok, so what I was saying about how The Other Palace is a small and intimate venue… yeah I felt *very* close to the actors when this scene was happening which was a… unique theatre experience let’s just say! Again, this song is fairly similar to the original but hey, you can’t improve on perfection and I like the way Carrie changes the way she sings certain parts – especially that last note. This song really reminds me of the confidence Carrie oozed on the stage in this number and the cheer from the audience which was LOUD so this one evokes memories for me.
The Me Inside of Me
The transition from Jodie’s “No one sees the me inside of me” to “Jesus, you’re making me sound like air supply” was hilarious, what a comedy queen. Also, did Ms Fleming really say, “What this song needs is a good old-fashioned rap session”? Because, I really hope so. Might just leave this one with “HOLY CRAP THIS IS AWESOME!” because, yep, same Jodie.
NEW SONG #1! Ok, so I can’t help thinking of Maui when I listen to this song but honestly I love Christopher Chung and Dominic Anderson’s vocals together in this song and, this might be a bit random, but I also love their accents in this one for some reason. They just sound so much like your classic American high school movie jocks. This is one of those songs where it makes you feel slightly uncomfortable but it’s meant to since it’s actually about a really important topic. It’s great to hear Veronica’s thought process about how she handles the situation and manages to get away. Combining comedy with genuinely serious topics is something Heathers does better than most stories and this song is a great example of that.
Never Shut Up Again
NEW SONG #2! We’ve reached the new song relay part of the album and this is when T’Shan and her fierce vocals get to rock out as the new self-elected head bitch of the school. It’s great to see Duke getting a solo in this version of Heathers as we see from both Chandler and McNamara’s points of view and it doesn’t seem right that she didn’t have her own song before. Plus, it totally makes sense that Duke would want to take the limelight for a moment as she finally has a voice after being silenced by Chandler for so long. Although, again, bit of a random thought here, but a lot of musicals make Wizard of Oz references, don’t they?
Our Love Is God
I mean, this song has a lot of Jamie’s Muscato’s vocals and we’ve established how I feel about that (should I say they’re smooth again or have we sort of got that point now?). This is the first time we really hear Carrie and Jamie properly sing together though and their voices blend so nicely it’s just so daaayyuuumm good. This song is also quite similar to the original but again, it’s a great song and scene so why change it?
Phew that’s Act one Done, read my reviews of the songs of Act Two here.
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