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 – has announced the cast for its ten-week engagement at (le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) this fall.
The musical will star 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.
Set to 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. The production begins previews beginning Friday, November 17, 2017, and celebrates its official opening night on Monday, December 11.
Cruel Intentions: The Musical pulls audiences 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. The score features favorite nostalgia-inducing hits like, “Lovefool,” “Just A Girl,” “Only Happy When It Rains,” “Colorblind,” and – of course – “Bittersweet Symphony.”
Cruel Intentions: The Musical is produced by Eva Price and Sucker Love Productions, and features costume design by 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.
(le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, NYC
November 17, 2017 – January 29, 2018