We're heading back to the '90s
Based on the acclaimed hit film starring Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar – Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical is ready to hit stages in Sydney and Brisbane.
When we think of the ’90s, there are a lot of iconic memories to dig through. From some of the best cartoons to iconic movies, music moments that still hold strong today, and toys and trends that are just waiting to come back in fashion (if they haven’t already).
We love a dose of nostalgia, so of course we are excited that Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical is coming to stages around the country.
If you’re familiar with the 1999 film then you are very aware that the romantic drama centred around a group of wealthy teenagers in New York was a cult hit that spawned a sequel, a prequel, and a jukebox musical of ’90s bangers.
If you aren’t familiar, let us give you a quick run down: Drawing you deep into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most tempting liaisons, Sebastian and Kathryn are seduced by revenge and fuelled by passion. Set out to ravage the virtuous Annette Hargrove and anyone who gets in their way, the siblings find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruellest game of all: love.
Already sounds incredible right? That’s before we even get to the musical’s soundtrack which includes back-to-back hits 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 more.
When Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical describes itself as the ultimate throwback experience, it really isn’t lying.
Penned by the writer and director of the film Roger Kumble, along with Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin, Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical received rave reviews from Hollywood royalty and original film cast members during its USA and UK tours.
Who is in Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical?
An all-Australian cast of singers, dancers and actors are set to bring this iconic musical to the stage.
Musical theatre superstar Kirby Burgess (Baby in GFO’s Dirty Dancing, The Wedding Singer, Bring It On: The Musical) will perform as the scheming seductress Kathryn, the role made famous by Sarah Michelle Gellar. Hallmark movie heartthrob Drew Weston (Danny Zuko in Grease, Dream Lover, Mary Poppins, MTC’s Hay Fever) will be very much the brooding ab-fest as Ryan Phillippe’s character Sebastian.
Helpmann Award-nominated performer Francine Cain has a slew of mainstage principal role credits and will play the naive Cecile (played by Selma Blair in the movie), who becomes entangled in Sebastian and Kathryn’s plot of revenge, and participates in ‘that’ iconic kiss with Kathryn.
Kelsey Halge has landed her breakout role as the virtuous Annette Hargrove, the subject of Sebastian’s desires, played by Reese Witherspoon in the movie, while Australian ARIA nominated jazz vocalist and multi award winning musical theatre star Fem Belling stars as Mrs Caldwell.
Musical theatre favourite Euan Fistrovic Doidge will perform as Blaine, following his Helpmann Award nominated role as Felicia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the coveted lead as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever. Joseph Spanti (Netflix’s series Dive Club) will take on the role of Greg, and up and comer Rishab Kern will make his professional stage debut as Ronald.
A dynamite, energetic ensemble rounds out the cast with Etuate Lutui, Daniel Erbacher (Legally Blonde, It’s Only Life, Grease), Sheridan Adams, Morgan Heynes and Darcey Eagle (Billy Elliot, the Musical, Lazarus, Tommy).
Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical is ready to take you back in time, transforming Sydney’s State Theatre from Thursday 30 June before heading to Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall from Wednesday 27 July. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.au.