Remember that moment in Cruel Intentions when a coked-up Sarah Michelle Gellar steps out of church and the whole school is giving her side-eye shame-on-you stares to the strains of The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony? The song alone sent chills down our spine, as trite as much of that scene was.
Now you can relish a revival of the entire soundtrack in a musical version of Cruel Intentions presented by the same peeps that brought us The Wedding Singer and Bring It On stage productions.
David Venn Enterprises are amped to announce the Australian premiere of Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical, based on the 1999 cult film of the same name, itself a postmodern reboot of the classic play Les Liaisons dangereuses (aka: Dangerous Liaisons).
The musical, which has already enjoyed successful runs in the US and UK, has been given the stamp of approval from the 1999 film’s big stars Reece Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, Selma Blair, and Geller herself.
This nostalgia-fuelled production combines comedy and noir, with a soundtrack to boot – packed with throwback hits by Backstreet Boys, Goo Goo Dolls, Christina Aguilera, N-Sync and (yes please, thank you) Britney Spears.
Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical will stage its Australian premiere at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre from May 25, 2022 followed by a season at Sydney’s State Theatre from June 29. Other cities ought to be announced soon.
You can join the secret society waitlist at cruelintentions.com.au to score first tickets. Meanwhile, we’re hoping our tix come with our own set of rosary beads, complete with bauble of the magic white stuff Sarah loved so much. But that might be somewhat of a stretch. What would really be cool, though, would be a simulated line of blow on the front of the production program.