Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Ruthless! The Musical

From 217 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious

About the show

This campy cult favorite that spoofs the world of Broadway and child acting follows Tina, who will do anything to win the part of Pippi Longstocking in her school musical, including murdering the leading lady. More…

Wimpy and untalented mother Judy Denmark has a remarkably talented daughter, Tina, who is desperate to perform. Sleazy agent Sylvia St. Croix encourages Tina to audition for the school play, 'Pippi in Tahiti.' Unfortunately, the third grade teacher, Miss Thorn, chooses the thoroughly untalented Louise Lerman for the lead, making Tina the understudy. Determined to achieve their individual goals, everyone becomes a little ruthless, some more than others.

1h 30m | Already closed | St Luke's Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (217)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious
Avg Score

Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Funny, Campy

See it if you like broad humor. This parody of the "make it to the top" genre is over-the-top.The performances are strong. Some very good voices.

Don't see it if you want any substance. This pure silliness, which can get tedious. Some judicious cutting would improve the piece. It can get annoying.

Entertaining, Funny, Cute, Edgy

See it if you like loud over the top in-your-face funny stories.

Don't see it if you prefer more cerebral comedy.

Funny, Dated, Cliched, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You like camp or musical spoofs.

Don't see it if You haven't seen All About Eve, The Bad Seed or the other movies it spoofs as you will not get all of the referenced humor.

Delightful, Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You're a fan of old movies and over the top satire. This is FUN!

Don't see it if You're not a fan of campy humor.

Delightful, Funny, Witty, Offbeat, Great singing

See it if You like witty satiric comedy, fun songs with excellent singers, and being part of a small intimate audience who appreciates the same.

Don't see it if You're not into that warped sense of humor.

Silly, Funny, Entertaining, Campy

See it if you enjoy high-camp & appreciate parodies of classic old movies (Shirley Temple films, Gypsy, The Bad Seed, ...Baby Jane, All About Eve).

Don't see it if you can't accept the thin premise & silly comedy (both by design) or the uneven performances (some of which are amateurish, not by design).

Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you like big voices, theatrical in jokes and fabulous costumes. Its a fun show with lots of silliness.

Don't see it if you need any reference to reality in your theatrical experiences.

Clever, Funny, Cliched, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy extremely campy, over-the-top musicals.

Don't see it if You're not interested in camp whatsoever.

Clever, Enchanting, Dizzying, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like over the top stories brilliantly acted and sung by truly talented actors obviously having a lot of fun being melodramatic and silly

Don't see it if You need all your songs to be good,it was a mixed bag. NOT suitable for children under 13. Adult language and adult themes abound.

Entertaining, Funny, Unusual

See it if you like funny shows about young aspiring actors and their families.

Don't see it if you do not like darker comedies about about aspiring young actors' families.

Campy, Funny, Quirky

See it if You are interested in a darkly camp story of a "want to be" child actress. Silly, funny. Very tongue in cheek.

Don't see it if You are looking for something deep, or meaningful.

Hilarious, Campy, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if I LOVED this - what a hoot! Campy, over-the-top & totally entertaining. Vocal talent was amazing; cast was having a great time & it shows.

Don't see it if You don't like high camp, satire, cross dressing or a silly plot. But that's what makes it so much fun; audience was howling with laughter.

Cliched, Fluffy, Campy, Predictable, Edgy

See it if you want a little silly fun & a campy nite-out. Nothing profound, just some drag hi-jinks, & an edgy kid giving All About Eve realness.

Don't see it if you want classic theater. A few glasses of comp champagne & we were laughing VERY out loud at some funny lyrics & campy over-the-top acting.

Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like campy musicals and enjoy spoofs.

Don't see it if You'll mind that the cultural references are a bit dated.or you are sensitive to sound blasted at rock concert levels in a small venue

Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you like The Bad Seed, combined with a Mama Rose type grandmother, but far more daring--no holds barred. Ending is unpredictable.

Don't see it if you want to see a family-oriented show with a sweet, lovable and talented child going through the trials of trying to be a "regular" kid.

Funny, Indulgent, Quirky, Fluffy, Original

See it if You like campy, over-the-top, wink-wink, broad yet darkish comedy, e.g., Rocky Horror Picture Show

Don't see it if You have a low threshhold for campy material (I checked my watch a lot!) or get seat front left (hard to hear songs over great keyboardists)

Entertaining, Funny, Insipid, Great singing

See it if You want a good laugh

Don't see it if You don't like silly.

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Edgy

See it if You want to see something different with twist, turns and surprises. Funny show with surprisingly good moments.

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor or can't appreciate sarcasm.

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Campy, Great ensemble

See it if you like clever musical spoofs with a talented cast and want a good laugh. Enjoyment will be enhanced if you know hit musicals of the past

Don't see it if looking for a more traditional musical, or don't want to see parodies of shows like Gypsy or Mame

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious

See it if I had seen part of it in Bryant Park and wanted to see the whole show. It was hysterical. I loved that we were offered a glass of

Don't see it if champaigne before the show. Don't see it if you don't like drag.

Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Edgy, Refreshing

See it if See it if want a really fun show; it's not over the top great, but it's certainly over the top. It's funny with very good performances

Don't see it if don't have a sense of humor

Entertaining, Fluffy, Cliched, Great singing

See it if You are in the mood for a campy spoof with a talented cast who can really belt out those tunes.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy dark humor, especially involving kids, or over the top fun.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a truly funny show about getting ahead in show business. The cast is having a great time and pulls the audience in.

Don't see it if you don't like slapstick comedy.

Banal, Funny

See it if you have always heard about this show but never seen it.

Don't see it if you saw the original. I can't imagine this production improves on it.

Funny, Quirky, High camp

See it if You like campy fun

Don't see it if You want thought provoking, serious theater

July 19th, 2015
"The style of the show is so high camp there ought to be a sleepaway version. The actors give the material their big-voiced, big-haired all, but the antics often feel forced rather than delirious...As a kind of Theater of the Ridiculous, it isn’t ridiculous enough. In a decade dominated by realit...
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July 15th, 2015
"The preternaturally self-assured Tori Murray plays this Shirley Temple of doom in the show’s current revival, and the joke still kills. Not everything else about Joel Paley and Marvin Laird’s musical holds up quite so well, but it's an enjoyable slice of cyanide birthday cake. The show-tuneful s...
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July 13th, 2015
"This chintzy production suffers a tendency to have actors rush their lines and, at press time, still felt a bit under-rehearsed, which is a shame because there’s great stuff in this vaudevillian-inspired script. But over time, the proper balance might fall into place. To borrow a lyric from its ...
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July 13th, 2015
"10-year-old Tori Murray plays the psycho third-grader with panache: She can sing, and she’s funnier than most of the adults in the cast. Too bad the production, itself, isn’t as assured...A couple of other actors border on the amateurish — frustrating when they waste songs that, in the right han...
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