Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical
29 July – 7 August 2022
Fortitude Music Hall, Fortitude Valley
Based on the acclaimed cult 1999 film, re-released in cinemas in 2019 and with a new TV series in development, this hit ‘90s musical sets a scandalous tone for romance and seduction.
“The audience response has been absolutely incredible. They are literally singing and dancing in their seats and having the time of their lives. It’s pure joy! This show is the ultimate ‘90s throwback, taking a night at the theatre to a whole new level” said David Venn.
Written by the film’s writer and director, Roger Kumble, along with Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin, the musical includes a line up of back-to-back 90s hits from The Verve, Placebo, *NSYNC, Britney Spears, No Doubt, Christina Aguilera, Boyz II Men, and more.
Like the American teen romantic drama film Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair, the plot adapts the 1782 novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, modernized among wealthy high school teenagers in New York City. Siblings Sebastian and Kathryn are seduced by revenge and fuelled by passion. Setting 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 cruelest game of all: love.
An all-Australian cast of singers, dancers and actors has been assembled, led by Kirby Burgess as the scheming seductress Kathryn, and Drew Weston as brooding Sebastian. Helpmann Award-nominated performer Francine Cain will play the naive Cecile, who becomes entangled in Sebastian and Kathryn’s plot of revenge, and Kelsey Halge has landed her breakout role as the virtuous Annette Hargrove, the subject of Sebastian’s desires. Euan Fistrovic Doidge performs Blaine, , Joseph Spanti takes on the role of Blaine’s closetted lover Greg, recent QUT graduate Rishab Kern makes his professional stage debut as Ronald, and ARIA nominated jazz vocalist and multi award winning musical theatre star Fem Belling will take on the role of Mrs Caldwell, all backed by an energetic ensemble.
Leading the creative team is multi-Green Room Award nominated Alister Smith as director, with Daniel Puckey as Musical Director and leader of the live band, choreographer Freya List, and Lighting Designer Declan O’Neill.