Previewed 16 March 2018, Opened 27 March 2018, Closed 23 June 2018 at the Arts Theatre
The comedy spoof Ruthless the Musical in London starring Jason Gardiner and Tracie Bennett
The beautiful and talented 8 year old Tina Denmark has a thirst for stardom and is desperate to land the lead role in her school play... and she's willing to go to any lengths to undercut the competition...
This 1993 comedy musical spoofs such classic Broadway shows as Gypsy and Mame alongside classic Hollywood films like All About Eve.
The cast features Jason Gardiner and Tracie Bennett along with Harriet Thorpe, Lara Denning and Kim Maresca. Directed by Richard Fitch with choreography by Rebecca Howell, designs by Morgan Large, lighting by Tim Lutkin and sound by Gregory Clarke. Book and lyrics by Joel Paley, and music by Marvin Laird.
The original production opened in New York at the Off-Broadway Players Theatre in 1992 where it run for ten months, winning the New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. A revised version of the musical opened in 2015 at the Off-Broadway St Luke's Theatre where it run for 14 months.
Jason Gardiner is best known as a judge on the television reality show Dancing on Ice, his West End credits include the role of 'Dick' in the musical spoof Dames at Sea at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1996. Tracie Bennett's London theatre credits include the role of 'Laura Henderson' in Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2016; the role of 'Judy Garland' in End Of The Rainbow at the Trafalgar Studios in 2010; and the role of 'Velma' in Hairspray the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007. Harriet Thorpe's West End theatre credits include The Dresser at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2016 and Crazy For You at the Novello Theatre in 2011.
The musical Ruthless! in London at the Arts Theatre previewed from 16 March 2018, opened on 27 March 2018 and closed on 23 June 2018