Calling All 90s Teens: The 'Cruel Intentions' Musical Is Touring Australia's East Coast Again in 2023

Love the 1999 film? Then there's nothing else to do but see this stage version when it hits up Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast in 2023.
Sarah Ward
Published on October 04, 2022

Pucker up, fans of 90s teen flicks — whether you were the exact right age at the time, have discovered them since or found yourself looking backwards thanks to recent films like Do Revenge. After finally bringing its song- and dance-filled take on one of the most influential movies of the era to Australian stages this year, Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical is making a comeback along Australia's east coast in 2023.

It seems that we can't get enough of this bittersweet symphony. We can't stop praising it, either. This time, audiences in Sydney and Melbourne will get a second chance to get nostalgic, while the show is backing up its recent Brisbane season with a new stint on the Gold Coast.

To answer the most crucial question, yes, the musical's soundtrack is filled hits from the period, including The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony' and Placebo's 'Every You Every Me'. In fact, Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical is a jukebox musical, so it's overflowing with a heap other tunes from that late 90s–early 00s time. Think: *NYSNC's 'Bye Bye Bye', Britney Spears' 'Sometimes', No Doubt's 'Just A Girl', Jewel's 'Foolish Games', Christina Aguilera's 'Genie In A Bottle' and Sixpence None the Richer's 'Kiss Me', for starters.

The story remains the same, just without Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair (and Joshua Jackson's blonde locks). If you've seen the movie — the original, not the direct-to-video 2001 and 2004 sequels, one of which starred a very young Amy Adams (Dear Evan Hansen) taking over Gellar's role — then you'll know how it goes.

Based on 1782 novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, which was also been adapted in the 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons with Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman, Cruel Intentions follows step-siblings Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Manipulating each other's love lives is their main hobby, a pastime that levels up a few notches when Kathryn places a bet on whether Sebastian can sleep with Annette Hargrove, the headmaster's daughter at their exclusive prep school.

The movie-to-theatre production has been unleashing its teen tumult and throwback soundtrack in America since 2015, and will start its Aussie encore from January 2023.

Cruel Intentions' writer/director Roger Kumble co-created the musical, so it comes with quite the screen-to-stage pedigree. Also, it's being staged in Australia via David Venn Enterprises, who also brought The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy and Bring It On: The Musical our way.


Thursday, January 19–Sunday, January 29, 2023: HOTA, Home of the Arts, Gold Coast
Thursday, February 2—Sunday, February 12: Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
From Thursday, February 16: Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical will tour Australia's east coast again from January 2023. For more information and to join the waitlist for tickets — with Gold Coast and Melbourne shows on-sale from 10am Thursday, October 6 an Sydney from the same time on Tuesday, October 11 — head to the musical's website.

Images: Nicole Cleary.

Published on October 04, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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