The Story
Ruthless!
Music
MARVIN LAIRD

Book & Lyrics
JOEL PALEY
What would you do to get what you want? Spoofing Broadway musicals like "Gypsy" and "Mame", and movies such as "The Bad Seed" and "All About Eve", this show has enough absurd plot twists and multiple identities to fill several old movies. Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady!

PHOTOS
Original Off-Broadway Production
2014 Off-Broadway Production
2015 Off-Broadway Production
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MUSIC
I Hate Musicals!
Rita McKenzie
Original Los Angeles Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

Judy Denmark, a bland housewife, is the mother of talented eight-year-old Tina, who declares, "I was born to entertain." At the suggestion that she should postpone her stage ambitions to be a normal child, she replies, "I've had a normal childhood. It's time to move on."

Sylvia St. Croix, an overbearing and sleazy agent, encourages Tina to audition for the school play, Pippi in Tahiti, The Musical, feeding her thirst for stardom. Third-grade teacher and frustrated actress, Miss Myrna Thorn, directs Pippi. She casts an untalented (but parentally connected) girl, Louise Lerman, for the lead, making Tina the frustrated understudy.

After "begging nicely and saying please," Tina "accidentally" hangs Louise from the catwalk with a jumprope so that she can play Pippi. Lita Encore, Judy's adoptive mother (and Tina's grandmother), a tart-tongued theatre critic who "hates musicals", shows up to review the premiere of Pippi in Tahiti; and, in a series of revelations, we learn that Judy is the daughter of Ruth Del Marco, a Broadway star from the past who was believed to have committed suicide because of bad reviews from Lita Encore. Judy recognizes that she herself is talented. ("I'm talented! God help me, I'm talented!")


ACT TWO

Once Tina's crime is discovered, she is sent away to the Daisy Clover School for Psychopathic Ingenues. Former housewife Judy Denmark is now a success on Broadway as diva Ginger Del Marco, but the world wants to know where she came from. "Modern Thespian" reporter Emily Block directs a pointed interview at Judy and discovers not only her housewife past but that she has a child.

Tina is released from serving her time, and comes back to Ginger's fabulous penthouse apartment (and her jealous assistant, Eve). Tina seems to be reformed, but Ginger sees through the act ("you're not that good") and calls her bluff. Mother and daughter face off for the limelight.

Sylvia re-enters, wanting nothing more than to take Tina with her. She reveals that she is Ruth Del Marco, and Ginger's mother. She did not commit suicide, as was believed, but instead went into hiding. Suddenly, Eve pulls out a gun and after revealing that she is Louise Lerman's mother Betty Lerman, in a struggle with Ginger Delmarco, is shot dead. Tina then takes the gun that shot Eve and holds it to her mother, asking to be in cast in her new play.

At that moment, Lita Encore bursts in and Sylvia struggles for the gun with Tina and is shot dead. She sings her final song, after which, Lita Encore comments "ah, she could never sing." Sylvia comes back to life one last time and shoots Lita. Ginger then becomes Judy again because of all the extremely stressful events that have taken place. She tells Tina that they'll never set foot on stage again to which Tina responds, "You're right, mother, there's no money in theater... we're moving to L.A.... we'll do a sitcom!"

Judy, realizing her daughter has not learned a single thing, proceeds to kill herself by electrocution. Tina begins to declare, gun in hand, that there's no money in Broadway, when she is interrupted by Miss Block, who returns looking for her pad and pen. Tina shoots her and finishes explaining that there's no money in Broadway and that she's moving to Hollywood to get a series.

LIBRETTO

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Direction JOEL PALEY
Cast
Tina Denmark TORI MURRAY
Judy Denmark KIM MARESCA
Lita Encore RITA McKENZIE
Myrna Thorn/ Reporter ZOIE MORRIS
Sylvia St. Croix/ Ruth Del Marco PETER LAND
Louise Lerman/ Eve TRACY JAI EDWARDS
Creative
Direction JOEL PALEY
Musical Director RICKY ROMANO
Production Design MARK RAVITZ
Costume Design NANCY JAFFE
Lighting & Sound Design SHANNON EPSTEIN
Cast
Tina Denmark SOPHIA ANNE CARUSO
Judy Denmark KIM MARESCA
Lita Encore RITA McKENZIE
Myrna Thorn/ Reporter KATIE SPARER
Sylvia St. Croix/ Ruth Del Marco MARVIN LAIRD
Louise Lerman/ Eve DELANEY ARIZALA
Creative
Direction JOEL PALEY
Musical Director DENNIS BUCK & MARVIN LAIRD
Set Design JAMES NOONE
Costume Design GAIL COOPER-HECHT
Lighting Design KENNETH POSNER
Sound Design TOM SORCE
Cast
Tina Denmark LAURA BELL BUNDY
Judy Denmark DONNA ENGLISH
Lita Encore DENISE LOR
Myrna Thorn/ Reporter SUSAN MANSUR
Sylvia St. Croix/ Ruth Del Marco JOEL VIG
Louise Lerman/ Eve JOANNE BAUM
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

PrologueOrchestra, Sylvia
Tina's MotherJudy
Born To EntertainTina
TalentSylvia
To Play This PartTina
Teaching Third GradeMiss Thorn
Where Tina Gets It FromJudy, Sylvia
The Pippi SongLouise
Kisses And HugsTina, Judy
Teaching Third Grade (Reprise)Miss Thorn
Talent (Reprise #1)Sylvia
I Hate MusicalsLita
Angel MomJudy, Tina


ACT TWO

Entr'acte/MontageOrchestra, Judy, Tina
A Penthouse ApartmentEve
It Will Never Be That Way AgainGinger
I Want the GirlSylvia
Parents And ChildrenGinger, Tina
Ruthless!Ginger, Sylvia, Tina
Talent (Reprise #2)Tina
Ruthless! (Reprise)Company

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