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Ruthless!: The Musical (1994 Los Angeles Cast) [Cast Recording]

Marvin Laird, Joel Paley, Joanne Baum, Nancy Linari, Loren Freeman, Rita McKenzie, Joan RyanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 29, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000014U5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Tina's Mother
3. Born To Entertain
4. Talent
5. To Play This Part
6. Teaching Third Grade
7. Where Tina Gets It From
8. The Pippi Song
9. Kisses And Hugs
10. Teaching Third Grade (Reprise)
11. Talent (Reprise #1)
12. I Hate Musicals
13. Angel Mom
14. Entr'acte/Montage
15. A Penthouse Apartment
16. It Will Never Be That Way Again
17. I Want the Girl
18. Parents And Children
19. Ruthless!
20. Talent (Reprise #2)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before you criticize, you must see the show! December 26, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I recently saw "Ruthless" performed locally, and I have to say all the people who criticized this show based on the fact that it makes fun of musicals, and it's singers can't sing probably haven't seen it performed. If they had, they would know that THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT! "Ruthless" is so full of parodies and character parts that there's no other way it could have been made. Obviously, if it has a song called "I Hate Musicals" in it, it was not trying to cover up the fact that it was making fun of present day Broadway shows.(By the way, that song is not my favorite, but not because of the content, only because it's boring compared to the rest of the soundtrack.) Most all of the characters are not supposed to be able to sing because they are used to make the lead, Tina Denmark, look good.
Ruthless is about a young girl named Tina who lives with her mother, Judy, in a suburban nightmare. Judy is the typical housewife, and Tina is a, well, ruthless, star wannabe. Then comes along Sylvia St. Croix, the talent scout, who decides to help Tina become a star. (Now the role of Sylvia is meant to be played by a man, and he is supposed to be humorous, not magnificent, so don't be fooled by his overemphasized vocals.) She proceeds to do so by first getting Tina into the school production of "Pippi in Tahiti" at all costs. When she doesn't get it, well let's just say there's a lot of murder and mayhem! What follows is a maze of plot twists, hilarious songs, and a whole lot of RUTHLESSNESS!
Yes, I suppose if you bought this CD hoping that it would be a classic treasure, or a jewel of a musical, you'd be disappointed. There are no slow, sentimental songs, only funny, hummable tunes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La-la-hu-jah! This is high camp! August 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'll be a gun of a son! RUTHLESS! is a clever little chamber musical that many amateur theater groups can pull off. Scored for two pianos and percussion, costumed so that virtually everyone in the mostly-female cast looks like Joan Collins, and peppered with humorous (albeit tasteless) references to GYPSY, this show doesn't have one serious bone in its body. Throw in cameo appearances by a top-notch TV comedian and one of the supreme Broadway divas, and you've got a lot of high-caliber talent thrown into this frothy little show.
Synopsis? Well, the liner notes are no help, I've never seen the show, and the web doesn't have much information. Here's my best guess, without giving too many surprises away:
Suburban housewife Judy Denmark (Joan Ryan) is dull as dull can be, but her daughter (played by the absolutely amazing 8-year-old Lindsay Ridgeway) is the greatest song-and-dance sensation to ever hit the third grade. As Tina takes extreme measures to secure the lead in the school play, Tina's agent, Sylvia St. Croix (played by Loren Freeman in drag), asks, "where does Tina get her talent from?" Act I closes with a shocking revelation about Judy's own lineage that begins an awesome transformation in the lady who until this point in the evening has taken "mousiness" to a new level.
The Act II plot twists are even more wacky, with a trip to the Daisy School for Psychopathic Ingenues, three generations of women extolling the virtues of vice, and lines such as, "Do you know what it's like ... fighting the urge to defrost your freezer?"
And then there are the hilarious secondary characters!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This incredibly campy yet brilliant musical take-off of 'All About Eve' and 'The Bad Seed' is hysterically funny with its razor sharp lyrics and very powerful score. RUTHLESS!, by Marvin Laird and Joey Paley, tells the tale of Tina Denmark, who is dripping with talent, but does not receive the role of Pippi Longstocking in the school play, so instead of taking this in stride, she kills the girl who beat her out of the part, causing total distress in her mother's life. This cast recording is top-notch and captures the many talents of the six-person cast. Certain songs definitely stand out as the best in the show, namely "Talent," "Teaching Third Grade," Born To Entertain," "I want the girl," and finally the culmination in the title song "Ruthless." My personal favorite is the definite show stopper "I Hate Musicals." A Fantastic Piece!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This must be one of the happiest musicals ever! lol August 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Seriously! It is the most hilarious musical I've ever seen, and I've seen hundreds. The performances are hammy and right on the mark, the lyrics witty beyond belief, the tunes amazingly hummable, singable, memorable and actually among the most joyful you'll ever hear. Call it a guilty pleasure if you wish but it is just one of the best musicals I've ever heard and by far one of the most enjoyable. Just remember your sense of humor, don't get offended by the naughty subject matter, lay back, relax and enjoy, although you'll probably find yourself singing and dancing too. It is for most lovers of "traditional" musicals, but will be enjoyed also by non classic Musical lovers if they have previously enjoyed The Rocky Horror Picture Show! lol.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny!
One of the funniest cast recordings I've ever heard!

This recording really made me a fan of Joan Ryan. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Famous Children Shouldn't Be Trusted
This is a cute show about a child actor who stops at nothing to get what she wants. The songs are catchy and have some great lyrics to them. Read more
Published on April 12, 2011 by Reid in Florida
4.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY
I HATE MUSICALS AND I LOVED IT! I LOVED THE MAN FOR SYLVIA ST. CROIX!
Published on March 16, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 Show!
This halarious show is a must see for everyone! I have played the part of Tina Denmark and I just love the show. I am addicted to the CD- the music is unforgettable. Read more
Published on October 11, 2001 by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 Show!
This halarious show is a must see for everyone! I have played the part of Tina Denmark and I just love the show. I am addicted to the CD- the music is unforgettable. Read more
Published on October 11, 2001 by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, great show
This is an amazing CD, it is hilarious and...hilarious. Previous reviewers have already given a plot summary so i wont even try. Read more
Published on June 9, 2001 by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruthless = funny!
This is a great, funny show and album. Did you guys know that 10 year old Britney Spears played the part of Tina off-Broadway? Pretty interesting, huh?
Published on April 8, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ABSOLUTE BEST!
Since a previous reveiewer has already explained the plot of this hysterically funny musical, I won't reiterate. Read more
Published on October 19, 2000 by JustMe123
5.0 out of 5 stars As a Tina, I should know!
Wow! I am 12 years old and just finished playing the part of Tina in "Ruthless!" It is the best show ever- it has making fun of itself and show buisness "down to an... Read more
Published on November 25, 1999 by Jenny A.
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