BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of CRUEL INTENTIONS

By: Dec. 21, 2017

The new musical nightlife experience CRUEL INTENTIONS - based on Roger Kumble's 1999 cult-hit film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon - celebrated its opening night at downtown hotspot (le) Poisson Rouge last week. Watch the video below for an exclusive look inside the festivities, in which the cast and creative team were joined by such stars as Brooke Shields, Michael Rapaport, Danielle Staub, Q-Tip, Eric Mabius, Marley Shelton, Sam Underwood, Kathryn Gallagher, Max von Essen, Drew Seeley, Kate Rockwell and more, in celebration of the show's New York Premiere.

Set to the greatest pop and rock hits of the '90s and songs from the film's iconic soundtrack, the CRUEL INTENTIONS musical is created by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin and Roger Kumble, with immersive stage direction by Lindsey Rosin, choreography by Jennifer Weber (KPOP), and Music Supervision & Arrangements by Zach Spound. The show stars Lauren Zakrin (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; 36 Questions) as Cecile,Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening) as Blaine, Brian Muller ("The Good Wife") as Greg, Matthew Griffin (The New Yorkers at Encores!) as Ronald, and four-time Emmy nominee Patricia Richardson ("Home Improvement") as Mrs. Bunny Caldwell.

CRUEL INTENTIONS is an exhilarating and deceptively funny new musical that 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. Staged at (le) Poisson Rouge, complete with bar and table service, audience members are thrown into '90s euphoria as the intoxicating story unfolds around them, set to the greatest throwback hits of the decade by such artists as Goo Goo Dolls, No Doubt, R.E.M., Ace of Base, Jewel, 'NSYNC and more - in addition to songs from the film's iconic soundtrack such as "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve and "Colorblind" by Counting Crows.

The musical opened to critical praise and has already announced a three-week extension to its run, which will now play through Monday, February 19, 2018.

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