Cruel Intentions
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Cruel Intentions
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Cruel Intentions NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(127 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
9%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Clever, Raunchy

About the Show

Based on the classic novel, 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' and the sexy 90s teen drama, this jukebox musical features a selection of nostalgia-inducing ’90s hits including 'Lovefool' and 'Bittersweet Symphony.'

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77
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if based on, and loosely based on Les Dangerous, has some very good directing. It is well written and edgy.

Don't see it if If you do not like this type of Avant Garde type of show. It is more drawing toward the young crowd.

78
Entertaining, Nostalgic, Fluffy, Playful, Great singing

See it if you want a fun & faithful adaptation of the 90s film w/period pop music & the sexiest villain (Zakrin) since Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

Don't see it if you don't like the film or the original source (Les Liaisons Dangereuses); you're not a fan of 90s pop music; you hate jukebox musicals. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
December 11th, 2017

"The ultra-pared-down approach means that details get lost in the scramble, especially regarding the characters’ location at any given time, but over all the storytelling is relatively clear...The musical faithfully follows the movie’s plot and includes all the classic lines — though not, alas, a breakout performance to match Ms. Witherspoon’s...'Cruel Intentions' could run for a while as a semi-staged rock show, but it does feel like an exploratory tryout crying for a fuller production."
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Time Out New York
December 11th, 2017

"We learn all of this via numbingly expository dialogue stuffed between 'Cruel Intentions’ true raison d’être: its jukebox score of ’90s pop hits, woven together by nostalgia maestro Zach Spound. Some of the score is satisfyingly subverted...But most of the songs barely budge the plot, commenting on it instead with a convenient key phrase or two. While its story emphasizes the guilt of pleasure gained at the expense of others, the musical invites you to bop your head along."
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Theatermania
December 11th, 2017

"By no means the next great American musical, but it is off-Broadway's newest guilty pleasure...This isn't really a satirical adaptation...Nevertheless, humor springs from the smartly curated songs...To their credit, the cast interprets these numbers with style and sincerity...Between the retro story, the skillfully performed '90s pop, and the mom from 'Home Improvement,' one couldn't ask for much more in the way of millennial nostalgia. This show is stupid good fun."
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BroadwayWorld
December 13th, 2017

“The sexy and cruelly delicious sights and sounds seduce you the moment you enter...A tantalizing night out mixed with incredible voices and charm, as much a tribute to the 90's as it is a beautiful new take on an iconic classic...This production is something fierce...It has a little something for everyone...A wonderful hybrid of a musical and concert, keeping the edge and risqué found in the movie with the emotion that translates so well to the stage...The cast is stellar."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 2nd, 2018

“A jukebox musical, making use of numerous '90s pop hits...Only distantly related to the action onstage...’Cruel Intentions’ is junk, but everybody involved seems to be in on the joke, and the cast is loaded with young talents...Rosin's direction ensures a fast pace, lest anyone have a minute to think about the overall silliness...As a kind of party game for a young audience interested in having a few drinks and hearing dynamic covers of pop hits from their salad days, I suppose it works.”
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TheaterScene.net
December 28th, 2017

“This well-mounted jukebox musical is packed with 1990’s pop songs and faithfully replicates the 1999 teen drama...It’s best appreciated by those of the right age nostalgic for the music of their youth. Anyone else would most likely find it at best a passable diversion...It’s decidedly not an event for musical theater connoisseurs...Ross, Rosin, and Kumble’s script is an efficient and cheeky treatment with an abundance of erection jokes and sly, sexual innuendo.”
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Theater Pizzazz
December 11th, 2017

"Savvy, engaging, fun pop culture entertainment. Well-cast, beautifully sung, fun, and funny, 'Cruel Intentions: The Musical' works on every level. Broadly entertaining, fans and newcomers will absolutely be entranced as the usage of song enhances characterizations and wryly comments on the situations....Rosin’s direction is strong – brisk, with deft characterization choices, wise musical selection, and astute casting...The cast is uniformly great."
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Stage Buddy
December 11th, 2017

"Full of fun high school sex and drama...It’s a fun evening, cute, just a wee bit sexy, and super silly...The story is really there to provide a context for the performance of our favorite ‘90s pop songs...This is a satisfying play: hearing the lines we love, predicting or being surprised about the songs they choose to include. In a way, this is as close to a ‘sure thing’ performance you are going to find. If you are about that ‘90s pop life, you'll love it.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
December 22nd, 2017

“Despite its…lyric-smothering, over-amped performance…, the show needs only a smattering of music stands…to qualify as a staged concert…Too many of the songs…are belted as loudly as possible, leaving little room for gentler approaches...For all the story's…endless fascination, it's a mite uncomfortable…to be watching a show reveling in sexual predation (involving teenagers, no less), regardless of how many nostalgia-packed 90s pop tunes seek to obliterate your unease along with your eardrums.”
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Towleroad
December 11th, 2017

"A clever and often inspired score of ‘90s pop-rock favorites, whose emo lyrics have never made more sense. The musical’s nostalgic score actually brings the story to new heights, supplanting some of its empty cruelty with exactly the kind of soaring, confusing emotions that color teen romance...Not every number is a home run...The West Village club setting, in addition to being ideal for the young ensemble’s belting talents, is a perfect homage to the movie’s ‘90s Manhattan milieu."
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The Huffington Post
December 11th, 2017

"It works again as a musical...The most defining part of the musical by far is the score...At times this can seem ridiculous, but it is when the actors play into the comedic ridiculousness of the situation that the songs work best...In a 90s nostalgia jukebox musical, harnessing the comedy is essential. Perhaps this is what made the performances of the leading pair unsuccessful...The vocals in the production were extraordinary...Not high art, but it is fun, sexy, and seductive."
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Pop Culturalist
December 22nd, 2017

“So much fun to watch. For those not familiar with the cult classic movie, this stage version may seem a little too quick; however, for those who are familiar with it are in for a treat...Rosin and Ross have adapted the sexual and emotional exploits of these high schoolers from film to stage by way of amazing, nostalgia-inducing pop songs...The cast members all capture their characters really well...You’ll leave wanting to see it again and again.”
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