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

4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)
  21. Ruthless! (Reprise)
  22. Unkie's Muncle


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 29, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000014U5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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