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Winner of the New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, RUTHLESS! is a razor sharp send-up of the entertainment business, full of witty one-liners, bright, brassy show tunes and ingenious plot twists. RUTHLESS! twists housewives into movie stars, grandmothers into grand dames and children into sociopaths, all the while parodying Broadway and Hollywood classics Gypsy, Mame, The Women, The Bad Seed and All About Eve.
The Sydney premiere of this hilarious dark comedy starred an all-female cast featuring musical theatre favourites KATRINA RETALLICK, MEREDITH O’REILLY, MARGI DE FERRANTI and CAITLIN BERRY, with the iconic GERALDINE TURNER as Broadway critic ‘Lita Encore’.
REGINALD SEASON 2014
REGINALD THEATRE, SEYMOUR CENTRE
JUNE 19 - JULY 12 2014
MARGI DE FERRANTI
LOUISE LERMAN / EVE
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER
MISS BLOCK / MYRNA THORN
DIRECTOR / CO-PRODUCER
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / CHILD CHAPERONE
MUSICAL DIRECTOR / PIANO
SYLVIA ST CROIX
"Can musical theatre get any better? Four and a half stars.” Lloyd Bradford Syke, Daily Review
“Have you ever had one of those moments when everything just comes together? That feeling when … the universe has contrived to bring all the pieces together to make everything just as you want, to make your dreams come true? Well this is what happened with … this production of Ruthless.”
"From a bang-for-the-buck perspective ... RUTHLESS! is a winner. Its formidable line-up of leading ladies blazing away at towering send-ups of Broadway tropes makes this the best value musical ticket in town." Jason Blake, SMH
“With her agile, powerful voice and delicious sense of comedy, Katrina Retallick is sensational.” Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph
“Disciplined direction by Lisa Freshwater and a powerhouse cast make good with Paley's in-jokes, running gags and frequent nods to classic movies. The screwball pace never lets up and Brad Miller's excellent band makes Laird's score sparkle.” Elissa Blake, The Sun-Herald
“Katrina Retallick … inconceivable talent and flair. It is sublime to witness an elite performer at the top of her game, and this is such an occasion. She glows throughout the show, with supreme grace, a flawless voice and a surprising mastery over the dark humour at hand.”
“This production is a roaring success and so much of that lies in its casting, this cast of powerful women with inimitable talent…let’s hope that The Theatre Division are here to stay: one show in, and they’re already really good at this.” Cassie Tongue, Aussie Theatre
“This is a bold, fresh and uncompromising production of an Off-Broadway cult-hit. It's a musical in the true sense of the word. There are no whizz-bang Andrew Lloyd-Webberesque spectacles …just … wit, timing and talent - performed well, sung well and with just a little twist in the tale!”
“The sets and costumes in this piece of musical theatre are really outstanding thanks to Mason Browne. You can’t help but think you’ve gone back in time to a 1950s lavish MGM musical … overall this is an extravagant and incredibly over the top show that is C-A-M-P!” Same Same
“The deliciously crisp tap beats of über-talented starlet Tina Denmark indicate that only one man can be behind the choreography: Christopher Horsey.” Simon Parris, Man in the Chair
“It’s a good time to be a musical theatre geek in Sydney. Independent musical theatre companies are finally doing it for themselves…hitting it right out of the ballpark.” Polly Simons, TimeOut Sydney
"Outrageous, unashamedly campy fun, larger than life, larger than theatre, you don’t want to miss RUTHLESS! The Musical.”
"The Theatre Division triumphs with its current production, Ruthless! The Musical. Everyone in this ensemble effort is worthy to play what the characters refer to in hushed tones as ‘…the lead!’" Paul Nolan, Sydney Arts Guide
"Geraldine Turner is scathing as theatre critic Lita Encore, but still received cheers and applause when she made her grand entrance. Bravo. Four stars.” Ben Nielsen, Performing Arts Hub
"The camp-o-meter turned up to 15. It’s a fun, bubbly cartoon given a terrific production by…The Theatre Division and best enjoyed with a drink in your hand and a show tune in your heart.” Deborah Jones, deborahjones.me
"The production values are exquisite. The cast – my gods the cast! Not a stinker among them and all having a spectacular time with the roles that they are playing. The audience loved it. I loved! A great time was had by all – this is an entertaining night in the theatre. Go buy a ticket."
“Congratulations to Freshwater and to Producer Alistair Thomson for attracting the resources to stage this first production. If it’s any indication of the standard of their offerings, The Theatre Division will enjoy a long and rosy future." Sydney Chic
"I knew it was going to be good. I didn’t know it was going to be this good!"
"Congrats to you all on a fabulous production; you should be extremely proud of what you have achieved."
"Congratulations to you and all involved in The Theatre Division on an absolute triumph! The rave notices for RUTHLESS! were well-deserved. We both felt the show was amazing. The wonderful cast was on fire!"
"Congratulations to you and all concerned on the show last night. Great entertainment. Loved the mad hats and costumes. I will certainly be going along again with friends before it is completely sold out."
"Very Very Very big congrats on the success of RUTHLESS!...incredibly well done xx."
"What a wonderful show. Congrats to all, creative team and cast alike, it's funny, colourful, entertaining and a superb vehicle for all the magnificent talented women (and child too!)"
"Congratulations to you all. Finally made it last night. LOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVED it. Such talent on stage and off the stage."
Maria de Marco
"Brilliant show Last night. What an amazing cast of glorious women, not to be missed! Congratulations to all involved!"
"What a fabulous night at the theatre! The cast of RUTHLESS! all give consummate performances in this musical theatre piece that had me enthralled and laughing the whole way through! The production values, set, costumes, the direction and choreography are slick and tight just the way Broadway shows should be. The best musical I've seen in a long time. Give yourself a night at the theatre that is memorable... Don't miss it!!!"
"Hilarious! We laughed the whole way through - congrats it was wonderful!!"
"…saw the matinee yesterday and loved it! What a great first production for you guys… can’t believe I’ve never even heard of this show! Anyway, congrats to you all…. I hope it’s the first of many."
"RUTHLESS! was fabulous. We all split our sides laughing cause we all knew people exactly like the characters. Costuming was stunning. Am telling everyone to get in quick before it closes."
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