Casting has been announced for the New York premiere of Cruel Intentions: The Musical, scheduled to have a three-performance pop-up engagement at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Shows will be held on February 11, 13, and 14.
The production will star Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano (American Psycho, Next to Normal) as Kathryn, Constantine Rousouli (Wicked, Ghost) as Sebastian, Natalie Hall (True Blood, All My Children) as Annette, Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars) as Cecile, Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening) as Blaine, Jared Dixon (Shades of Blue) as Ronald, Jenn Harris (Silence! The Musical) as Mrs. Caldwell, and Brian Muller (The Good Wife) as Greg. Rousouli, Parrish, and Muller previously starred in the musical’s 2015 world premiere in Los Angeles.
The new stage adaptation of Roger Kumble’s 1999 cult hit film is developed by Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, featuring immersive stage direction by Lindsey Rosin and music direction and arrangements by Zach Spound. Cruel Intentions: The Musical is set to pop and rock hits of the '90s and songs from the film's iconic soundtrack. The story is a modern-day telling of the classic 1782 French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
The story is described as follows: "A thrilling and relentless game of cat and mouse comes to life in Cruel Intentions: The Musical, when the gorgeously despicable step-siblings Sebastian and Kathryn set a wager on Sebastian's next sexual conquest, Annette — daughter of the new headmaster at their Manhattan prep school. This bittersweet symphony of seduction and revenge will make you laugh, cry and — the cruelest fate of all — fall in love, all over again."
The original film was produced by Neal Moritz and released by Columbia Pictures on March 5, 1999, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson, Eric Mabius, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Christine Baranski.