Let’s start with the fact that any movie with dramatic teens is my guilty pleasure. A movie with dramatic teens that’s based off of a classic French novel? Even better. If you’re unfamiliar with the basic plot line, here it is:
Two rich step-siblings are used to causing trouble. Sebastian can sleep with anyone he wants and Kathryn seems to have the entire world wrapped around her finger. When a new headmaster of their school arrives and brings his beautiful daughter, Annette, with him, Sebastian plans to ruin her and add another notch to his belt. Meanwhile, Kathryn plans to ruin Cecile, an innocent girl with whom Kathryn’s ex-boyfriend has fallen in love. While both of their plans seem to work out smoothly, Sebastian starts to have trouble following through. He soon realizes that he has feelings for Annette, and that’s where the real trouble begins.
My first draw into Cruel Intentions was Lauren Zakrin. If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I fell in love with Lauren’s portrayal of Natasha in “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.” Lauren is currently playing Kathryn in the Off-Broadway showing of “Cruel Intentions the musical.” The other two leads, Annette and Sebastian, are played by Carrie St. Louis and Constantine Rousouli. Rousouli has held the role of Sebastian since the beginning of show and plays the perfect Sebastian.
The show soundtrack is full of classic 90’s songs that filled the movie, including, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Bittersweet Symphony,” “Just a Girl,” and “Genie in a Bottle.” My personal favorite part of the show is the end of Act 1. The medley of all of the songs with such powerful voices supporting it absolutely blows me away. I really like the part with Cecile and Ronald singing “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to each other. It’s such a sweet moment and I adore that song.
The show closes April 8th, 2018, so if you get the chance, I highly recommend seeing it!