Now Streaming: “Ruthless!” West End Musical is Online
The West End production of Ruthless! The Musical is streaming online for only 48 hours.
It famously spoofs Broadway musicals, from Gypsy to Mame, as well as films such as The Bad Seed and All About Eve. The story follows talented 8-year old Tina Denmark, who will do anything to play the lead in her school musical.
The streaming production was filmed from the 2018 West End run, featuring Anya Evans, Kim Maresca, Jason Gardiner, Tracie Bennett, Harriet Thorpe, and Lara Denning. It is directed by Richard Fitch, with set and costume design by Morgan Large, hair and make-up design by Richard Mawbey, choreography by Rebecca Howell, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Gregory Clarke, orchestrations by Chris Egan, musical direction by Simon Beck, and musical supervision by Gareth Valentine.
Written by Joel Paley (book and lyrics) and Marvin Laird (music), Ruthless! The Musical first opened Off-Broadway in 1992 and had an Off-Broadway revival in 2015.
It is the latest production released by The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel, which has been streaming musicals and concerts for free as early last April this year, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Cats, The War of the Worlds, The Wind in the Willows, An American in Paris, Red, 42nd Street, Gypsy, Kinky Boots, Dick Whittington, and Hetty Feather, among others.
While theaters have remained closed due to the pandemic, the online medium encourages audiences to donate to different arts causes.
You can watch the full production below.