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‘Riverdale’ to Stage ‘Heathers’ for Next Musical Episode

CW teen dramedy previously took on ”Carrie: The Musical“

The next musical episode of “Riverdale” may be less bloody but it’ll have no shortage of death.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the showrunner of the CW teen dramedy, revealed on Twitter on Thursday that the “Riverdale” kids will be taking on “Heathers: The Musical” in the show’s next musical episode.

Airing Wednesday, March 20, the episode will, confusingly, see Josie (Ashleigh Murray) take on the lead role of Veronica Sawyer, with Veronica (Camila Mendes) playing Heather McNamara. Betty (Lili Reinhart) will step into Shannen Doherty’s shoes as head mean girl Heather Duke, and bad boy Sweet Pea (Jordan Connor) will play J.D. Once again, Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) will direct. See the rest of the cast list below.

“Riverdale’s” take on the show follows last season’s episode dedicated to the high schoolers’ staging of “Carrie: the Musical.”

“Last year, we had a blast doing Carrie,” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement. “This year, we wanted to honor another iconic teen movie. Heathers: The Musical is BIG FUN, with great roles for the Riverdale kids. And everyone is singing…”

“Heathers: The Musical,” based on the cult 1988 comedy starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty, was briefly staged as an Off-Broadway musical in 2014. With music, lyrics and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, the show features songs such as “Dead Girl Walking” and “Seventeen.”