Lately, when original musicals that premiered years ago Off-Broadway make their Broadway debuts, they're considered revivals (at least for Tony Award purposes), as in the cases of Violet and Hedwig And The Angry Inch. I will join the action and submit 1993 New York Outer Critics Circle Best Off-Broadway Musical Award Winner Ruthless! for Broadway "revival." Ruthless! is a sort of combined parody of the movies "The Bad Seed" and "All About Eve," which also spoofs Gypsy and Mame. The witty, tuneful score by Marvin Laird and Joel Paley would be a breath of fresh air on Broadway today, and Paley's book is a laugh-a-minute. There's a unique opportunity to see Ruthless! in concert (starring its creators) Sept. 5-22 at Stage 72 at the Triad.
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