PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Feb. 1-7: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman and Broadway’s Latest Opening

By Robert Simonson
07 Feb 2014

"If penning sports plays were a competition, Eric Simonson would be MVP," said the more positive Time Out. "Simonson, who directs his own script too laxly, touches on predictable tensions between individual excellence versus team spirit, but in terms of ideas or visual flair, there are no curves here."


Anthony Crivello

Barrett Wilbert Weed, Ryan McCartan, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Elle McLemore, Alice Lee and Anthony Crivello will star in the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical adaptation of the 1988 dark comedy Heathers, which will begin performances March 15 at New World Stages.

Legally Blonde composer Laurence O'Keefe collaborated with Kevin Murphy on book, music and lyrics for the musical. Andy Fickman will direct the production that will officially open March 31.

Several cast members from the sold-out 2013 Los Angeles premiere will return for the Off-Broadway engagement, including Weed as Veronica, McCartan as JD and McLemore as Heather McNamara.


Finally, actor James Franco, the uncontrollable polymath who has dabbled in directing, producing, screenwriting, fiction-writing, recording, charitable fundraising and a dozen other areas of endeavor, is collaborating with Playhouse West to run his own acting school, named Studio 4.

And he's thisclose to getting his real estate license.