The May 2015 staging of Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross’ Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions at Los Angeles’ Rockwell Table & Stage was the impetus for a series reboot of the cult 1999 movie that was ordered to pilot at NBC and remains in contention for a series pickup. Rosin and Ross are bringing Cruel Intentions: The Musical back to the Los Angeles stage with four shows at Prospect Theater on November 11-12 and November 18-19.
ast year, the film’s writer-director Roger Kumble attended the Cruel Intentions performances, along with stars Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and co-star Selma Blair. Kumble gave Rosin and Ross his blessing for the musical and later teamed with the duo to co-write the TV series adaptation, which was able to get Gellar to reprise her role.
It is unclear whether any of the cast members from the pilot would appear in the musical, produced by Rosin and Ross and directed by Rosin.
Based on the cult movie, Cruel Intentions is set in present day and picks up more than 15 years after the movie left off. Kathryn Merteuil (Gellar) vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove. Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
Gellar stars alongside Taylor John Smith, Kate Levering, Samantha Logan, Sophina Brown, Coby Bell and Bryce Cass.
Kumble executive produces the NBC/Sony adaptation with the film’s producer Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film; Rosin and Ross co-executive produce.