Ruthless! The Musical at Arts Theatre

Cult classic Ruthless! The Musical to make UK premiere

By Robin Johnson, Published January 22, 2018

The all-female comedy cult classic Ruthless! The Musical, which has frequently played Off-Broadway over the past 25 years, will make its UK premiere at the Arts Theatre this March.

Joel Paley and Marvin Laird’s award-winning show takes aim at numerous Broadway musicals, spoofing shows from Gypsy to Mame, as well as iconic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve. Starting Off-Broadway a quarter of a century ago, Ruthless! has since discovered young stars including the likes of Britney Spears and Natalie Portman, who were both understudies in its original 1993 run.

Ruthless! The Musical tells the story of Tina Denmark, a beautiful and talented 8 year old with a thirst for stardom, desperate to land the lead role in her school play – and willing to go to any lengths to undercut the competition. Casting for the Arts Theatre production remains to be announced.

Ruthless! The Musical

Richard Fitch (Funny Girl, UK tour) will direct the production, which will feature the book and lyrics of Paley (who directed the first production of the show, winning the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, and music of Marvin Laird (currently Associate Conductor on Hello Dolly! on Broadway). The Menier Chocolate Factory will act as Executive Producer and General Manager for the UK première.

Ruthless! will play from 16 March – 23 June, with press night on 27 March.

You can book tickets through the Arts Theatre website.