PATRICIA RICHARDSON JOINS CRUEL INTENTIONS
Off Broadway New York, NY -- Cruel Intentions: The Musical has turned the 90s nostalgia level up to eleven. Eva Price and Sucker Love Productions are pleased to announce that four-time Emmy nominee Patricia Richardson, who captured the hearts of American families for a decade on the hit television show “Home Improvement”, is returning to the stage as Mrs. Bunny Caldwell in Cruel Intentions: The Musical for the show’s ten-week limited engagement at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) this fall. Richardson, who made her Broadway debut in the first revival of Gypsy, completes a cast which features the previously announced Lauren Zakrin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; Rock of Ages) as Kathryn, Constantine Rousouli (Wicked, Ghost) as Sebastian, Carrie St. Louis (Rock of Ages, Wicked) as Annette, Jessie Shelton (Hadestown) as Cecile, Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening) as Blaine, Brian Muller (“The Good Wife”) as Greg, and Matthew Griffin (The New Yorkers at Encores!) as Ronald.
Following two sold-out runs in Los Angeles and a sold-out pop-up engagement in NYC, Cruel Intentions: The Musical – the stage adaptation of Roger Kumble’s 1999 cult hit film, created by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin and Roger Kumble – begins performances on Friday, November 17, 2017 with opening night set for Monday, December 11. Set to the greatest pop and rock hits of the ‘90s and songs from the film’s iconic soundtrack Cruel Intentions: The Musical features immersive stage direction by Lindsey Rosin and choreography by Jennifer Weber (KPOP, The Hip Hop Nutcracker), with Music Supervision and arrangements by Zach Spound. Richardson
Cruel Intentions: The Musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster’s daughter. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl –and anyone who gets in their way– they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love. This new musical is a full-on ’90s throwback to when email was only for “geeks and pedophiles” and rosaries were more than a fashion statement. Featuring your favorite nostalgia-inducing hits like, “Lovefool,” “Just A Girl,” “Only Happy When It Rains,” “Colorblind,” and – of course – “Bittersweet Symphony.” Don’t miss the most intoxicating musical in Manhattan. Your reputation depends on it.
Patricia Richardson is best known for her portrayal of Jill Taylor in “Home Improvement”, which garnered her four Emmy nominations as well as two Golden Globe nominations. Some of her other television and film credits include “Strong Medicine,” (two Prism Award Nominations), “The West Wing” (recurring the last two seasons) and Ulee’s Gold ( Independent Spirit Award Nomination). Richardson made her Broadway debut understudying Angela Lansbury in Gypsy. She’s created roles in The Miss Firecracker Contest (MTC), The Wake of Jamie Foster (Broadway), Michael Weller’s Loose Ends (Broadway), and several shows at the WPA Theater (including Cruise Control by Kevin Wade. Her more recent credits include I Forgive You Ronald Reagan (Samuel Becket Theater), the world premiere of Alfred Uhry’s Apples and Oranges directed by Lynne Meadow at the Alliance Theater and two plays at Buck’s County Playhouse: M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias with Jessica Walters and Susan Sullivan, and last summer Other Desert Cities directed by Sheryl Kaller.
Cruel Intentions: The Musical is produced by Eva Price and Sucker Love Productions, and features Costume Stylist Tilly Grimes, Sound Design by Robert Bradley, Lighting Design by Daniel Kent and Props Design by Carolyn Mraz. The show debuted at The Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles in 2015, where it ran for 38 sold-out performances, before being remounted for a second sold-out run at LA’s Prospect Theatre in November 2016. In spring 2017, it made its New York premiere for a limited “pop-up” engagement at (le) Poisson Rouge, where it was a sold-out smash success.
The previous engagements of the show have been hailed as “EPIC! An awesome live show,” by InStyle. Bustle calls the show “NOSTALGIA HEAVEN – just waiting to become YOUR NEW OBSESSION! Sure to satisfy fans of the 1999 cult classic,” and LA Weekly says it’s “deliciously vile.” Hello Giggles raves “Just Awesome. The same drama and sexiness [of the original film] is present, only the cast sometimes break out into delightful songs.” When the New York Premiere was announced, Teen Vogue said, “Cruel Intentions: The Musical is ‘a go’ in the city IT WAS BORN FOR. Let the games begin!”
Roger Kumble’s film Cruel Intentions – a sexy, modern-day telling of the classic 1782 French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos – was produced by Neal Moritz and released by Columbia Pictures on March 5, 1999, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson, Eric Mabius, Sean Patrick Thomas and Christine Baranski. In addition to being an immediate box office hit, Cruel Intentions went on to carve itself a permanent spot in the pop culture lexicon. Rated the “#1 90s Teen Movie” by Buzzfeed and the “#1 Sexiest Thriller of All Time” by Bustle, Cruel Intentions is “still as enormously entertaining” as ever more than 15 years after its release, according to Entertainment Weekly, “thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast.”
The performance schedule is: Mondays at 7PM, Saturdays at 5PM & 8PM, and Sundays at 3PM & 7PM. There are no performances on: December 24-25, December 31-January 1, and January 13-15. Performances have been added on: Friday, November 17 at 8PM; Wednesday, December 20 at 7PM; Thursday, December 21 at 7PM & 10PM; Friday, December 22 at 8PM, Tuesday, December 26 at 7PM & 10PM; Wednesday, December 27 at 7PM & 10PM; Thursday, December 28 at 7PM & 10PM; Friday, December 29 at 8PM; Saturday, December 30 at 5PM & 8PM; Wednesday, January 17 at 7PM; Thursday, January 18 at 7pm; Friday, January 19 at 8pm; Tuesday, January 23 at 7PM; Thursday, January 25 at 7PM; Friday, January 26 at 8PM.
General admission tickets are $59 for standing room, $79 for table seating, and $109 ‘Secret Society’ tickets which are in a reserved, premium seating location. All seated tickets require a 2-beverage or food minimum. Cruel Intentions: The Musical is a 13+ show. Those under 18 can be admitted only if accompanied by a legal guardian. Tickets are on-sale via www.CruelMusical.com or can be purchased in person at the (le) Poisson Rouge box office (158 Bleecker Street) between the hours of 5:o0-8:00PM Monday-Saturday.
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