Ranking by Ruthless! The musical on the London Arts Theater

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Jason Gardiner (Sylvia St. Croix), Anya Evans (Tina Denmark), Kim Maresca (Judy Denmark). by Alastair Muir

How far will people go for their dreams? In reckless! The musical as far as possible. We meet Judy Denmark (Kim Maresca), a housewife in a 1950’s style house where she lives with her daughter Tina (Anya Evans), a talented singer and dancer aged eight who is already popular in the local community is. Give ambitious manager Sylvia St Croix, who is a powerful influence on Tina and pushes her further down a path she was already on the verge of when the school is about to start a production called Pippi in Tahiti, and Tina makes her heart beat faster suggest leadership role.

The show drags on in the first act as the story isn’t particularly original and a lot of the jokes fall flat. We realize almost immediately that Tina is going to get angry. When it does happen, it’s no surprise. Ruthless picks up on the second act clearly, the first section with Judy is probably the strongest on the show and explores this other side of the character in a wonderful way. Kim Maresca, who is charming and insane in the first act, really shines in her big solo number “It Will Never Be That Again,” which was the first moment on the show where the audience was all daughter returns to the stage, it immediately becomes less interesting. This is in no way the fault of young actress Anya Evans, who is impressive from start to finish and has a great career ahead of her. It’s more that the mother / daughter plot isn’t as interesting as the mother’s story.

The big ending with the entire cast eventually goes in the somewhat ridiculous direction of turning it all out, and it’s very fun. The ending is inevitable but still satisfying and attracts a lot of tropes that could easily be too much, but every member of the cast is fully committed to the scene and fun to watch.

Inconsiderate!  The musical.  Tracie Bennett (Lita).  Credit - Alastair Muir Inconsiderate! The musical. Tracie Bennett (Lita). Credit – Alastair Muir

Inconsiderate is a strange show. With a child in the lead and the marketing claiming it is suitable for an audience of ten and over, you will be forgiven for being a family friendly show. There are some curses on the show, including from the young lead, and most of the funnier jokes are allusions to a knowing audience and are likely to fly over the heads of younger children.

I feel like the show is missing a trick with a man playing one of the female roles, Sylvia. After doing some research, I realize this is a tradition as a man did the best audition for the part in the original production, but the part was originally written for a woman. I spent most of the play thinking the character was a man dressed as a woman – I saw that – and it didn’t add anything to the character. No matter how well Jason Gardiner played it, it was just distracting. It is so rare that we see a story about women’s relationships. If a man is playing the role these days, that just doesn’t suit me. I would have felt a lot more immersed in the story if it had been played between women. That said, it was a great performance by Jason Gardiner and the audience loved it.

For me, the real star of the show was Lara Denning, who played the other student in the first act and Jude’s assistant in the second. Whenever she was on stage, I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Amazing voice, amazing movements and perfect comedic timing. I’ve enjoyed every second of her performance and I’m looking forward to seeing her in a leading role again.

Inconsiderate! The musical isn’t a particularly memorable show overall, but it has great cast and some standout moments.

3 star rating

Review by Tori Jo Lau

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT?
The all-female Camp KILLER cult classic is finally making its way to London after its critical recognition on Broadway.

Inconsiderate! The musical tells the story of the beautiful and talented 8 year old Tina Denmark who will do anything to star in her school play … EVERYTHING!

It started off-Broadway 25 years ago and spotted young artists like Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. The show famously fakes Broadway musicals from Gypsy to Mame, as well as legendary films like The Bad Seed & All About Eve.

Fifi Bloomsbury Khier, Charlotte Breen, Anya Evans and Lucy Simmonds take turns in the central role of Tina Denmark in Joel Paley and Marvin Laird’s award-winning cult camp killer classic Ruthless! The musical. They join Jason Gardiner, Lara Denning, Kim Maresca, Harriet Thorpe and Tracie Bennett and complete the entire business ahead of the strictly limited 14-week run at the Arts Theater.

Book now for the stage mother of all musicals. Play at the Arts Theater starting March 16 for a limited 14 weeks.

RUTHLESS THE MUSIC
Booking period: March 16 – June 23, 2018
Running time: 90 minutes apart
Age recommendation: 10+
Art Theater, London