Cruel Intentions OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    December 11, 2017
    Closing:
    February 19, 2018

    Theater: Le Poisson Rouge / 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY, 10012

    Synopsis: 

    First love is a bittersweet symphony! Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical Experience 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, Annette Hargrove. 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.

    Featuring your favorite throwback hits by artists like Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, NYC’s most intoxicating new musical is a full-on ’90s party. Yes, it's the movie you love, set to the songs you know, performed live, with drinks…and missing out might just ruin your reputation. Happy hunting!

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Cruel Intentions

    In This ‘Cruel Intentions,’ High School Schemers Sing the Best of the ’90s

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    December 11, 2017:

    It’s no “Clueless,” but “Cruel Intentions” has endured better than most 1990s teen movies. Partly this has to do with its cast, especially Reese Witherspoon, just as good playing saintly as she would be ruthless in “Election” a couple of months later. But what really made Roger Kumble’s film stand out were the timeless structure and timely embroideries: a fail-safe plot based on the 18th-century novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” combined with an arch ’90s sensibility and an inspired soundtrack — the denouement, set to the Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” was worthy of Scorsese.

    That the film would get the stage treatment isn’t all that surprising, but as its title implies, the nostalgia-fueled “Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical Experience” isn’t a traditional tuner, even by jukebox standards.

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