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Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical

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Fun-filled jukebox musical
Cruel Intentions is a dynamic musical production from the team behind the feelgood musicals The Wedding Singer and Bring It On: The Musical. From the moment the audience enters the theatre to a pumping '90s pop soundtrack, it feels like a party atmosphere. The audience is movin' on up as the show blasts into a blitz of high-octane songs, amazing synchronised dancing with a hugely intricate set design. The songs meld into the dialogue about the politics of romance and seduction based on the cult 1999 film of the same name.

Cruel Intentions: the '90s Musical
Photo Credit: Nicole Cleary.


Nostalgia for the '90s is a happening thing if the audience reaction is anything to go by, as the crowd loved the back-to-back songs including classic tracks like Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve), Every You and Every Me (Placebo), Bye Bye Bye (*NSYNC), Sometimes (Britney Spears), Just a Girl (No Doubt), Foolish Games (Jewel), Genie in a Bottle (Christina Aguilera), Candy (Mandy Moore), Breakfast at Tiffany's (Deep Blue Something), Kiss Me (Sixpence None the Richer), Iris (The Goo Goo Dolls), I'll Make Love To You (Boyz II Men), and many more.

Cruel Intentions: the '90s Musical
Photo Credit: Nicole Cleary


The storyline follows the vixen schemer Kathryn (Kirby Burgess), in the role made famous by Sarah Michelle Gellar who plays off her rival stepbrother Sebastian (Drew Weston) as Ryan Phillippe's character. Drew (Danny Zuko in Grease, Dream Lover and Mary Poppins) and Kathryn (Dirty Dancing, The Wedding Singer and an acclaimed performance as Campbell in Bring It On: The Musical) have the powerhouse vocals and presence that draws the audience to them. Both are experienced theatre performers who seem to really relish every moment on stage.

CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE '90s MUSICAL
Photo Credit: Nicole Cleary


Other main players include Helpmann Award-nominated performer Francine Cain, who plays the na´ve (but annoying) schoolgirl who becomes embroiled in the machinations of Sebastian and Kathryn. Kelsey Halge plays the 'good' girl Annette Hargrove, the subject of Sebastian's desires, played by Reese Witherspoon in the movie. The rest of this high-energy cast are always on the move with everything from boy band dance moves to every form of couch surfing you can imagine. This production really soars due to a live band which is featured throughout but only visible in occasional sequences, just enough to leave you wanting more by acclaimed musical director Daniel Puckey (Muriel's Wedding The Musical, The Book of Mormon). The show is really propelled by the musical performances, songs and dynamic choreography by Freya List (Chess, Next To Normal, RENT).

The show was written by the writer and director of the film Roger Kumble, along with Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin and has received rave reviews throughout its tours in the USA, UK and Australia. Cruel Intentions has toured the Eastern States and now it is Adelaide's turn to indulge. But you will have to hurry as it is only on until September 24 at Her Majesty's Theatre.

CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE '90s MUSICAL
Photo Credit: Nicole Cleary


Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical
is bringing a younger demographic back to the theatre, the themes of jealousy and two-timing lovers may be age old, but the music and exhilarating performances are one hundred percent 21st century. This is a fun show that will appeal to lovers of musical theatre but most particularly those who recall and love their 90's music.
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Why? A fun-filled jukebox musical
When: September 9 - September 24
Where: Her Majesty's Theatre 58 Grote Street, Adelaide
Cost: Various
Your Comment
Another song from the show: Losing my Religion by REM.
I will probably think of many more to post.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1804) 14 days ago
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