From 2:00-3:00 today, Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe answered questions from fans on twittter. The timing could not be less inconvenient for me! I had tests in both of the class periods that fell into the time period. Somehow, miraculously, I was able to ask many (many, many, MANY) questions, and get some answers from the writers of my absolute favourite musical, the newly classified “cult musical” ‘Heathers’.
It was a great experience, thanks to Howl Round. Murphy and O’Keefe were both so nice and honest in their answers
When I asked one of the more pressing questions in the tumblr fandom, the response I got was more than satisfactory! “Does it bother you that people romanticized JD and his deeds? you know, murdering, bombs, etc?”
O’Keefe: Someone will always romanticized stuff you don’t like. Some romanticized Sweeney Todd’s cannibalism 1/2
Murphy: I separate kid from deeds. JD is a monster. He is a seductive charming monster, but capable of love. Their love is doomed because he IS a monster. He dies so she can live. I find that idea romantic.
K: In the musical, the end between Veronica & JD is tender-er than the movie. why did you decide to go that way?
O’K: ‘Cos the movie was a dark, stiff antidote 4 the 80’s. We tried to the musical an antidote for our dark, stiff times, and one of the best ways to show Veronica winning and being a hero was learning forgiveness.
It was an absolute dream, especially after I decided to drop out of school to star in the musical on broadway. Sigh, this is just a dream because I can’t even fail a test without freaking out. School first, greater things second.
I look forward to speaking with them again sometimes!
Are you a Heathers (movie/musical) fan? Comment below and freak out with me!