The musical revamp of the cult classic teen comedy Heathers is wowing sold-out audiences at the Palace Theatre.
We’ve all seen the classic 1988 high school flick where Winona Ryder leads a world where cliques rule and jocks dominate, with all the ‘popular’ girls being called Heather.
And of course, the musical adaptation that rose to fame in 2018 does not disappoint.
A delightful combination of crunchy, bright, catchy songs alongside a morbid, melancholy plot line – the musical is nothing short of mesmerising.
Following two smash hit West End seasons and a record-breaking run at The Other Palace, Heathers the Musical is in the midst of a national tour and luckily for us, they’ll be in Manchester until Saturday 12 August.
Following the journey of protagonist and teenage misfit Veronica Sawyer, the musical perfectly depicts high school life and all its challenges.
The talented ensemble include all the stereotypes, the ‘stoner’, the ‘nerd’, the ‘theatre geek’ and of course the macho jocks clad in baseball jackets and six packs.
From the offset you are catapulted into high school life, with lockers lining the stage walls and students dancing joyously with cafeteria trays above their heads.
We are introduced to ‘The Heathers’, three leaders of the pack all dressed in primary colours and knee high socks with the school wrapped around their manicured fingers.
Heather Chandler, played by Verity Thompson, was an absolute power house, with vocals that shone to the upper tier of the auditorium leaving audience members stunned and applauding merrily.
We follow Veronica as she becomes a Heather herself, sporting an electric blue blazer and fake smile to try fit in with the ‘cool kids’.
She meets JD, a morbid troubled teen who leads her down a garden path to revenge, rebellion and inevitably murder.
Both Veronica and JD, played by Jenna Innes and Jacob Fowler, produced stand-out performances which had audience members chatting of their brilliance in the foyer throughout the interval.
We intently followed their love story, and accepted it with all its quirks, as they eliminated class mates who have wronged them one by one.
But although the plot line had moments of morbidity, the overall feeling was one of charm, pride and elation.
Heathers the Musical shrieks with joy throughout, and is an absolute explosion of a theatrical experience which will leave you wanting more and more.
Heathers the Musical is playing at The Palace Theatre until Saturday 12 August and you can get your tickets here, which we absolutely urge you to do so.
Take That announce FOUR massive gigs at Manchester’s Co-op Live arena
Take That are back and they’re heading out on a massive UK tour next year, with not one but FOUR Manchester dates on the lineup.
The beloved Manchester boyband are absolutely no strangers to some of our city’s biggest stages, with several record-breaking tours having taken place within the past few decades – but now, the lads are back at it again and have just been revealed as the latest headliners in the Co-op Live’s massive opening season next year.
Eagle-eyed fans will know the band have been teasing their return for a little while now, and just yesterday, light projections of their iconic logo was beamed onto venues all around the UK to signal an announcement was imminent.
But what we didn’t know was that it wouldn’t just be one, but four massive Manchester dates.
Take That’s 2024 ‘This Life On Tour’ tour has just been exclusively announced in the old-school way of live on BBC Radio 2 this morning – with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, and Howard Donald all appearing on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show to confirm their long-awaited return.
It’s not just a tour the trio’s announced either, as they’ve also just put out a brand-new single today too, titled ‘Windows’.
The track sees them reunite for their first original composition in over five years, and is said to tell the story of “emerging from the darkness into the light”, as it signals a new chapter for one of Britain’s best-selling bands.
The lads say their new music is ushering-in a new Take That era brimming with “energy, creativity, and a continued desire to challenge and surprise”.
As Manchester‘s newest – and soon-to-be the UK’s largest – live entertainment arena nears closer to officially opening its doors and welcoming visitors, Co-op Live has been slowly revealing the music acts set to grace the stage as part of its huge launch season jam-packed full of events – with beloved US boyband Jonas Brothers announced as the first headlining act back in July, and Eric Clapton later confirmed for his first Manchester gig in a decade.
Current US megastar Olivia Rodrigo also has two nights booked in, Irishman and former One Directioner Niall Horan will be taking to the stage, and fellow Mancs Simply Red are also making a special 40th anniversary return.
And now, it’s Take That’s turn.
Take That will be taking to the stage at Co-op Live on 7, 8, 10 and 11 May 2024 as part of the ‘This Life On Tour’ tour.
The trio will be joined by Olly Murs as the support act in Manchester.
Once again, as part of the highly-anticipated £365 million venue’s “pioneering” partnership, Co-op members will get the chance to gain early access to tickets through a designated presale on Wednesday 27 September at 9:30am, all before the general sale takes place.
General sale tickets are available through Co-op Live from 9:30am on Friday 29 September, and you can grab them here.
Jungle announce massive outdoor summer show at Castlefield Bowl for Sounds of the City 2024
British electronic masters, Jungle, have just announced a major outdoor summer show next year, as the production duo will be headlining Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl for Sounds of the City 2024.
We cannot overstate our excitement right now.
Following the recent release of their incredible fourth album Volcano last month, which has already received a tidal wave of critical acclaim, the band are currently touring the Americas and soon Europe, with a succession of dates right up until November.
However, the massive music collective — who often perform with upwards of seven musicians total on stage — have now confirmed their first show of 2024 as well, with Jungle being bestowed the top spot at next year’s Sound of the City: the month-long music festival that takes place right here in Manchester.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest dance and electronic artists on the planet right now, spearheaded by Joshua Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, Jungle will be coming to Castlefield Bowl on Thursday, 11 July 2024 as one of the very first names to be announced alongside the likes of Hacienda Classical.
Renowned for their incredible live performances and unmistakable brand of music best described as a disco meets soul and hip-hop hybrid, they’re one of the most innovative acts going right now and you do not want to miss seeing them in the flesh.
Trust us, we’ve had the pleasure before and it’s still well and truly up there with one of the greatest gigs we’ve ever seen.
It’s rather fitting the new album is called Volcano because this thing is gonna go off. We’ve had this tune of repeat ever since it dropped.
Tickets for the special summer show go on sale this Friday, 22 September at 9:30am, so be ready to grab yours HERE — they’re going to sell out in a flash.
If Jungle getting 8,000 people inside Castlefield Bowl up and dancing under the sun at Sounds of the City doesn’t immediately strike you as what will undoubtedly be a truly unforgettable gig, we’re not sure we can be friends with you anymore.
Just kidding, of course, but we hope to see plenty of you there and for all other Manc music news, you know where to look.