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Photo Flash: Barbara Eden Pops into RUTHLESS! Off-Broadway

Barbara Eden, star of NBC-TV's long-running 1960s comedy smash I DREAM OF JEANNIE, caught a recent performance of the Off-Broadway hit RUTHLESS! and she visited with the entire cast after the show. Scroll down for photos of her with the company!

No stranger to the stage, Barbara Eden has starred in national productions of SOUTH PACIFIC, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, THE PAJAMA GAME, WOMAN OF THE YEAR, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS, BLITHE SPIRIT, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, SOCIAL SECURITY, and THE ODD COUPLE.

RUTHLESS! opened July 13th. Book and lyrics are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Joel Paley also directed the original production of RUTHLESS! as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He once again serves as director of the new production, with Marvin Laird on board as music supervisor as well.

When THE BAD SEED meets GYPSY, it's fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and diabolical eight-year-old who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. The question is, where does such remarkable talent and unstoppable ambition come from? The answer is shocking in this award-winning Stage Mother of all musicals.

RUTHLESS! first appeared Off-Broadway 23 years ago at the Players Theatre, winning both the Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Most notably, the production featured a few young girls in the role of Tina including Britney Spears, Natalie Portman and Laura Bell Bundy. The show continues to be a favorite among regional theaters and productions are continually being staged around the globe.

But make no mistake - this is not your mother's RUTHLESS! This is no mere revival, but a newly imagined meditation on narcissism, talented tykes and stage mothers in a world that has since been introduced to such gems as "Toddlers & Tiaras" and 'Honey Boo Boo.'

Featured in the cast of RUTHLESS! are Kim Maresca (Westport's TWELFTH NIGHT), Paul Pecorino (DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Rita McKenzie (ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY, RUTHLESS! L.A.), Andrea McCullough (URINETOWN, GREASE), Tracy Jai Edwards (HAIRSPRAY, LEGALLY BLONDE), and introducing Tori Murray (Paper Mill's NEW VOICES OF 2014: OH, WHAT A NIGHT!)

Photo Credit: Scott Stander

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Photo Flash: Barbara Eden Pops into RUTHLESS! Off-Broadway
RITA McKENZIE, JOEL PALEY, BARBARA EDEN

Photo Flash: Barbara Eden Pops into RUTHLESS! Off-Broadway
BARBARA EDEN (center) with the cast of RUTHLESS!

Photo Flash: Barbara Eden Pops into RUTHLESS! Off-Broadway
BARBARA EDEN with the entire RUTHLESS! Company

Photo Flash: Barbara Eden Pops into RUTHLESS! Off-Broadway
TORI MURRAY, BARBARA EDEN



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