After two sold-out engagements in Los Angeles, "Cruel Intentions: The Musical" will make its New York debut — for three performances at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Feb. 11, 13 and 14.
An adaptation of Roger Kumble's 1999 film of the same name, "Cruel Intentions" tells the story of uppercrust teenage prep school playboy Sebastian, who bets his manipulative stepsister Kathryn that he'll be able to deflower the virginal daughter of their school's new headmaster, Annette, before the term starts.
If the plot sounds familiar, that's because it's based on the 1782 French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" — seen earlier this season in on Broadway in Christopher Hampton’s stage adaptation.
The film became a box office hit and '90s cult classic, thanks to performance by Ryan Phillippe (Sebastian), Reese Witherspoon (Annette) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Kathryn). On stage, their roles will be portrayed by Constantine Rousouli ("Wicked"), Natalie Hall (TV's "True Blood") and Jennifer Damiano ("American Psycho"), respectively.
Additional roles will be played by "Pretty Little Liars" star Janel Parrish (Cecile), Alex Boniello, Jenn Harris, Jared Dixon, and Brian Muller. Rousouli, Parrish, and Muller all previously starred in the L.A. run — which made headlines when the film's stars Witherspoon, Gellar and Selma Blair made a surprise visit (seen above).
Music comes from the film's soundtrack and other '90s hits. "Cruel Intentions: The Musical" is directed by Lindsey Rosin — who created the immersive stage show with Jordan Ross. Music direction and arrangements by Zach Spound.
Tickets ($39-$59) are now on sale at lpr.com or at the (Le) Poisson Rouge box office: 158 Bleecker St.