Ruthless! The Musical
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Ruthless! The Musical
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Ruthless! The Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(217 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
14%
Negative
5%
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.

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Member Reviews (217)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
70
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.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
69
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.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
70
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.

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
86
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.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
80
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.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
83
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
70
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).

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
78
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.

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
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 reality TV, this satire loses fizz."
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Time Out New York
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 score is lively and the main cast is strong…Rotten as the state of Tina Denmark may be, we can’t resist watching."
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Entertainment Weekly
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 title track, 'Ruthless!' stops just short of toothless."
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New York Post
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 hands, could stop a show."
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Theatermania
July 13th, 2015

"Paley helms a zippy and efficient production in the first half that becomes increasingly plodding as the actors claw and mug for every last laugh. Contemporary references (like Caitlyn Jenner) have been added to the script in an almost perfunctory manner. Ninety minutes is long enough for this fun diversion that doesn't quite rise to the level of a gut-busting so-bad-it's-good classic, try though it might."
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Talkin' Broadway
July 13th, 2015

"Everything we see after Tina 'pays' for what she's done strains visibly, and shows that excess, too, can be taken to excess. Except during the truly crazy final few minutes, the plot gets away from Paley and fails to capitalize on the endlessly inventive energy that fuels the show so capably early on...This production may lack all the guts it ought to have, but Tori Murray possesses them in spades."
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Theatre is Easy
July 17th, 2015

"Tiny Tina Denmark is anything but sweet. And this makes the revival of 'Ruthless!' an ideal treat for those who enjoy the camp humor of female-driven cult classics like 'Mommie Dearest'...While Paley’s book is perhaps the strongest element, Laird’s music is also a delight...While 'Ruthless!' is certainly campy summer fun, there’s also a deeper message, if you feel like digging a bit. Talent can be a curse, a virus even, passed down from one generation to the next."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 17th, 2015

"The cast is absolutely superb from start to finish...You will marvel at the genius firmly planted in Marvin Laird’s memorable musical score, and the riotously funny book and lyrics by Joel Paley could very well leave you with a belly ache from laughing so hard...This show will no doubt ignite a renewed appreciation for over the top, camp/horror musicals! I say bravo to that, original works with razor sharp teeth are exactly what Broadway needs."
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