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Cruel Intentions The Musical Review

Two thoughts come to mind when it is announced that a musical based on a story that is not a musical will soon be on stage. One thought is that the producers have chosen a known work with a dedicated fan base, who can spread the word and reduce the work of the publicity department. The other thought is that the producers took the easy way out, choosing a known work instead of taking a chance on a work by a writer whose name is not as well-known.

I saw Cruel Intentions: The Musical earlier today. As with the 1999 film of the same name, the story is set in New York City. Sebastian Valmont (Constantine Rousouli, taking over from Ryan Phillipe) and Kathryn Merteuil (Lauren Zarkin, taking over from Sarah Michelle Gellar) are rich step-siblings. They make a bet that Sebastian can seduce Annette Hargrove (Carrie St. Louis, taking over from Reese Witherspoon), the virgin daughter of their school’s new headmaster. If Sebastian wins, he gets to sleep with Kathryn, the one girl who is out of his reach. If Kathryn wins, she can claim ownership of Sebastian’s car, his pride and joy.  It seems like a simple task, but by the time the game of seduction and lies is over, nothing will be the same.

Based on the book Dangerous Liaisons, the show is a ton of fun and extremely enjoyable. True to the film incarnation, with a singable soundtrack straight out of the 1990s, the show is one of the best I have seen in a very long time.

I absolutely recommend it.

Cruel Intentions is playing at (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker Street, New York City) until March 16th, 2018. 

 

 

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Throwback Thursday Movie Review- Cruel Intentions

About 15 years, there was a trend among Hollywood to reboot classics into stories that were palatable for the then teenage demographic.

One of these movies is Cruel Intentions.

Adapted from the novel The Dangerous Liasions, the story is transplanted from 18th century France to modern day New York City. Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar, taking a break in character and hair color from Buffy The Vampire Slayer)  and Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillipe) are step-siblings.  Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon) is new to the city, her father is the new headmaster of the private school where Kathryn and Sebastian attend. She makes a public announcement to retain her virginity until she falls in love.

Kathryn and Sebastian make a bet. If Sebastian can sleep with Annette, he will get also sleep with his step-sister. If he cannot sleep with her, Kathryn will win Sebastian’s Jaguar.

This movie is well done. The plot keeps to the book and keeps the audience entertained. As an actress, Gellar shows that her range as an actress goes well beyond Buffy Summers. The fact that Phillipe and Witherspoon were married at the time throws an interesting light on their character’s relationship.

I recommend this movie.

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