STAGE star Trevor Ashley has had a busy start to 2016.

Since wrapping up his stint in the Australian production of Les Miserables in December, he has been involved in seven live productions. And there are no plans to slow down.

Best known for his star turns in Gentleman Prefer Blokes, Diamonds are for Trevor and of course his portrayal of the larger-than-life Monsieur Thenadier in Les Miserables, Ashley has been described as one of the busiest men in show business and is about to take on a new challenge – directing.

Ashley is back in Sydney to take the helm of Heathers: The Musical, based on the 1980s film about a terribly cruel clique of high school girls.

“I’m exhausted,” Ashley told Star Observer.

“But at least with directing I don’t have to be up on stage everyday.”

Ashley fell in love with the musical when he saw it in New York and immediately bought the rights to bring the show to Australia.

“I saw it and just loved the songs. It’s a show that’s funny, but dark and I think there are a lot of people that love the songs from this soundtrack,” he said.

I’ve always loved the movie Heathers. The stage production is quite true to the film, so all that black comedy and satirical fun is in there – just with a whole lot of terrific music.”

Trevor Ashley decided to bring Heathers to Australia after seeing it in the US.

Trevor Ashley decided to bring Heathers to Australia after seeing it in the US.

The show had a sold out run last year in Sydney and Melbourne and is coming back to the Opera House for what is sure to be a popular season.

The Sydney cast features award nominated talents including; Sydney Theatre Awards nominee Hilary Cole (Dogfight, Miracle City) as Veronica Sawyer, and Helpmann Award nominee Lucy Maunder (Grease, Doctor Zhivago) in the role of queen bee Heather Chandler.

The film, which starred 80s/90s Hollywood icons like Shannen Doherty, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, was the original Mean Girls but filled with murder and vengeance.

Ashley said the film came out at a more innocent time before the mass school shootings at Columbine and other places in the US, but now the show’s themes are a lot more real.

Heathers: The Musical has a limited run in June at the Opera House and those attending are encouraged to get into their best 80s gear, with scrunchies and padded shoulders galore.

Heathers: The Musical, Playhouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Wednesday 8 June – Saturday 26 June. Tickets available here.

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