Assembly George Square Gardens, Palais Du Variete

August 2nd to 25th 20:30 (Not 13th)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 stars)

2018 was the year of “SIX” a musical which transcended the Fringe, found its way to the west end and is now headed for Broadway. 2019 is the year of “Cruel Intentions” produced by west end impresario Bill Kenwright, this is the all out hit of the Fringe for musicals.

Based on the hit 1999 motion picture itself adapted from the French novel, Les Liasions Dangereuses, Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical is the beguiling story of two of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons, Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. This production is filled with 90’s classic tracks including Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’, ‘I Saw the Sign’ by Ace of Base, Boyz II Men’s ‘I’ll Make Love to You’, NSYNC’s ‘Bye Bye Bye’, Britney Spears’ ’Sometimes’, R.E.M’s ‘Losing My Religion’, ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ by The Verve and that just the tip of the iceberg.

This is a journey into the manipulation of the human condition by those who seek to control others for there own personal benefit and gains. This show sparkles thanks to its west end Cast and excellent onstage band that truly grips from the off, sadly a cast list wasn’t available at time of writing, but it would be hard to pick out an individual performance as the staging of this production, in the round within the tent ensures its truly an ensemble piece and every single cast member delivers in spades.

Cruel Intentions The 90 Musical has enjoyed success across the Atlantic and this run in the Fringe is the UK Debut and it’s already packing them in at George Square Gardens. It’s a fully satisfying musical with sharp performances, beautifully judged direction and the perfect blend of comedy, pathos and intrigue, truly all the right qualities for a musical which will have a long life after the festival closes.

This will be the sellout hit, so get a hold of a ticket so you can say, you were there where it all began for this musical whose intentions are never truly cruel! It is indeed thrilling stuff!

Brett Herriot

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