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Ruthless!

"A spoof that has enough absurd plot twists and multiple identities to fill several old movies... The fun comes from the sheer brazenness!"

The New York Times

"Hilarious... It is beyond praise!"

New York Daily News

  • Full Length Musical
  • Parody/Spoof, Farce, Comedy

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1960s, 1950s
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student
Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady!

This aggressively outrageous musical hit garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run which opened with Britney Spears in the leading role.

REVIEWS:

"A spoof that has enough absurd plot twists and multiple identities to fill several old movies... The fun comes from the sheer brazenness!"

The New York Times

"Hilarious... It is beyond praise!"

New York Daily News

"Wild amusement."

New York Post

"A demented pleasure. Cheery, cheeky burlesque humor that evokes Your Show of Shows."

New York Newsday

"Merry mayhem... Malicious, delicious and a total joy."

 New York Observer

"Brilliant."

USA Today

"A wonderfully smart and funny send up of every Broadway brat from Gypsy to The Bad Seed...loaded with campy wit and charm."

Variety

Premiere Production: Ruthless! was first presented at the Players Theater in New York City on May 6, 1992. Directed by Joal Paley.
  • Casting: 6F
  • Casting Attributes: All Female, Local Celebrity Cameo, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Drag performance, Features children
  • Casting Notes: All the characters (with the exception of Fredrick, who makes a surprise entrance at the end of the play to speak the final line of dialogue) are females. The show can be performed with an all female cast, though the role of Sylvia St. Croix originally was, and is often performed, by an actor in drag. Ultimately, the show can be mounted with any combination of male and female actors.

    The same actor can play both Louise Lerman and Eve, although this is not necessary.

    The role of Tina Denmark can be played a youngster or an adult. The show is effective either way for different and valid reasons. At the Triad Theater in New York City a thirteen-year-old actress and the author (a man in his fifties) played Tina in alternating scenes, appearing together on stage for a few well-chosen and crucial moments.
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

  • SYLVIA ST. CROIX
    JUDY DENMARK
    TINA DENMARK
    MYRNA THORN
    LOUISE LERMAN
    LITA ENCORE
    EVE
    MISS BLOCK
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Piano 1/Conductor's Score

    $24.00
    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    1 x Piano 1/Conductor's Score
    1 x Piano 2

    $100.00 +$25.00/pm