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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - A musical adaptation of Winona Ryder 's cult film HEATHERS is heading to the

New York stage this coming spring .

The theater version of the dark comedy, which pitted Ryder's character against a clique of fellow schoolgirls, all named Heather, has been in the works for the past few years and had a brief run for developmental purposes at the Hudson Backstage Theater in Los Angeles recently.

Now, Tony Award-nominated composer Laurence O'Keefe, writer Kevin Murphy and director Andy Fickman have announced plans to unveil the production at the New World Stages venue in the Big Apple from 17 March to 7 September .

Forgetting Sarah Marshall actress Kristen Bell had previously been selected as the leading lady in the musical adaptation in 2010, but it's not clear if she will lead the cast.

The news comes four months after plans to take the 1988 movie to the small screen suffered a setback as bosses at U.S. network Bravo decided against

picking up a Heathers TV series. The project would have followed the life of the teenage daughter of Ryder's character Veronica.

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