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|She sings and can deliver a punch line! A pint-sized powerhouse performance!|
If there's a soft spot in your jaded little heart for a skewed, off-centered, off-Broadway musical, this quirky little show at Standing Room Only will be catnip.
A wacky combo of Gypsy, The Bad Seed, and Forbidden Broadway, with more than an elbow-poke of All About Eve around its wickedly tattered edges, this parody of a parody has a devilishly clever book and lyrics by Joel Paley and Jerry Herman-like hummable music by Marvin Laird. The show is
utterly delightful. Forget Kinky Boots, the gayest musical of the month is Ruthless! The Musical
Here's what happens: little Tina Denmark (tyke Sarah Leonard in wicked, scene-stealing mode with leather lungs like Merman) is one of those precocious showbiz brats who do five minutes when they open the refrigerator and the light goes on. She tap dances on the coffee table to show off, while Mom Judy (Lendsey Kersey, the other cast member with real lungs) follows up with can of Pledge. Tina's got talent, and she'll entertain you until one of you drops from exhaustion - I assure you, it won't be her! She wants the glamorous life of a star so bad she can taste it, even though mom with Donna Reed hair and pearls over hostess dress, worries where all that talent has come from. But Sylvia St. Croix (Jay Menchaca, in heavenly drag) knows. Crisply tailored, Miss St. Croix, a parade float of broad-shouldered chutzpah, becomes Tina's agent, mentor, Svengali. If Tina was born to entertain, then Sylvia's mission is to see that talent infect the world, like Ebola. Whatever it takes, Tina will be a star, even if it's over somebody's dead body. And all before you can say Shirley Temple.More »