Cruel Intentions London musical tickets coming soon to a West End theatre near you in 2020!
It ran twice in Los Angeles before transferring to the Off-Broadway venue, Le Poisson Rouge Nightclub in New York’s Greenwich Village in 2017. Now the hit jukebox musical Cruel Intentions receives its highly-anticipated UK premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019!
Based on the cult-classic teen movie of the same name, which starred Ryan Phillippe (I Know What You Did Last Summer), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde), and Selma Blair (The Sweetest Thing), and featuring all your favourite ‘90s pop classics from such artists as Britney Spears, Ace of Base, *NSYNC, Natalie Imbruglia, and more, Cruel Intentions The Musical just may be the best West End jukebox musical that has yet to hit London’s West End!
Take a blast to the past with Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical
It’s no secret that many people hold a deep, nostalgic longing for the 1990s. It was the decade that brought us such modern classic films as Titanic, The Matrix, and, yes, Cruel Intentions: the film that defined a generation and further popularised The Verve's hit single ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’. The film that took the French novel Les Liasions Dangereuses and turned it on its head. It was provocative, sexy, edgy, and dark. And now it’s a full-fledged musical that captivated New York City audiences and is set to take the Edinburgh Fringe by storm for its premiere at the Assembly George Square. It seems Cruel Intentions coming to the West End is all but certain, it’s just a matter of when!
What is Cruel Intentions The Musical about?
The stage musical of Cruel Intentions retains much of the original film’s plot, which was a modern take on the story when compared to the 1988 Dangerous Liaisons film adaptation, which starred a young John Malkovich (Bitter Wheat) and Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard). The story follows Sebastian Valmont, a womaniser and spoiled rich kid with an affinity for destroying others’ reputations. Together with his stepsister, Kathryn Merteuil, the two plot to deflower Annette Hargrove, the incoming headmaster’s daughter of the prestigious Manhattan prep school they both attend. Set out to destroy an innocent girl’s reputation, Sebastian and Kathryn agree on a bet, with Sebastian wagering his Jaguar XK140 sports car if he fails and getting the chance to take Kathryn to bed if he succeeds in his conquest. But when Sebastian fails in his mission and begins falling in love with Annette, he soon finds himself entangled in a web of lies and risks losing everything. Featuring a bittersweet ending, literally, Cruel Intentions was a shocking neo-noir thriller that brought the 1990’s to a satisfying conclusion and the musical continues the film’s timeless legacy.
Cruel Intentions West End cast and creatives
As the West End transfer of Cruel Intentions The Musical remains just a rumour, the original London cast of Cruel Intentions has yet to be confirmed along with the transfer itself. The Edinburgh production stars Ashley Samuels (Motown the Musical) as Ronald Clifford, Dean John-Wilson (Aladdin) as Greg McConnell, Dominic Andersen (Heathers) as Sebastian Valmont, Evelyn Hoskins (Carrie) as Cecile Caldwell, Gemma Salter (Made in Dagenham) as Bunny Caldwell, Rebecca Gilhooley (The Last Ship) as Kathryn Merteuil, Scott Hunter (Yank!) as Blaine Tuttle, and Sophie Isaacs (Heathers) as Annette Hargrove.
The Off-West End production is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Aspects of Love) and features design by Lee Newbury (The View UpStairs), choreography by Gary Lloyd (Heathers), musical direction by Sarah Morrison, sound design by Dan Samson, and casting direction by Debbie O’Brien.
What songs are in Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical?
An Original Cast Album for Broadway’s Cruel Intentions musical was released in March 2019 and its songs will once again serve as the show’s soundtrack for its UK premiere production. The Cruel Intentions musical song list includes ‘Colorblind’ by Counting Crows, ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by The Verve, ‘No Scrubs’ by TLC, a touching rendition of ‘Iris’ by Goo Goo Dolls, ‘Torn’ by Natalie Imbruglia, ‘Genie In A Bottle’ by Christina Aguilera, ‘I Want It That Way’ by the Backstreet Boys, ‘Bye Bye Bye’ by *NSYNC, ‘Just A Girl’ by No Doubt, ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ by Deep Blue Something, and many many more.
Why you should see Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical
Cruel Intentions The Musical is no doubt just the nostalgia you need in your life right now! If you loved the angsty teenage high school drama in Heathers The Musical and if you’re looking forward to the upcoming Max Martin jukebox musical & Juliet: Her Story at London's Shaftesbury Theatre this autumn, then Cruel Intentions is right up your street!
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