Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical

Jukebox musical adaption of the sexy cult film fuelled by a near-perfect 90s soundtrack

After its release 20 years ago, Cruel Intentions starring Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair quickly became a teen cult classic. This new stage production of the twisted film about two elite Manhattan step-siblings stays true to the original, but adds in cheeky renditions of hit songs from the 90s.

The show's opening number, Placebo's 'Every You, Every Me', is the least recognisable, but things quickly turn around when conniving Kathryn sings 'Genie in a Bottle' as she sexually taunts her stepbrother, the womanising Sebastian Valmont. All of the songs are performed by a live band and thoughtfully woven into the storyline: Sebastian's innocent target Annette introduces herself with 'I'm Just a Girl' by No Doubt and then there's none other than 'Kiss Me' by Sixpence None the Richer for the infamous practice kissing scene between Kathryn and the naive Cecille.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and some of the best feature gay guys Blaine and Greg who perform NSYNC's 'Bye Bye Bye' (complete with the dance moves) and provide backup vocals for Cecille on 'I'll Make Love to You' by Boyz II Men. Of course the most iconic songs from the film are reimagined: 'Colorblind' by Counting Crows and The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony' for the memorable final scene. An incredibly fun nostalgia trip for anyone who lived through the 90s and remembers the film.

Assembly George Square Gardens, until 25 Aug, 8.30pm, £15.50–£17.50 (£14–£16).

Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical

  • 4 stars

Bill Kenwright Ltd Enter the manipulative world of Manhattan's most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fuelled by passion, the step-siblings bet on destroying an innocent girl. As they weave a web of secrets and temptation, they become entangled in the cruellest game of all…