Darren Bagert produces.
The original production of Ruthless! received the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics (Joel Paley). Laura Bell Bundy, who originated the role of Tina Denmark, was nominated for both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards.
"Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking," according to previous Ruthless! production notes, "and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady!"