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September 16, 2016 8:00PM  to  October 16, 2016 3:00PM

Show times 8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays | 3 p.m. Sundays

Mackey Theater

Ruthless at Beck Center for the Arts

  • Book and Lyrics by Joel Paley
  • Music by Marvin Laird
  • Directed by William Roudebush
  • Musical Direction by Larry Goodpaster
  • Choreography by Martín Céspedes
  • Featuring Matthew Wright as Sylvia St. Croix
  • Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
  • Student tickets only $15 with valid ID
  • This production contains strong language/adult content
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“It hit virtually every square centimeter of my funny bone” - SCENE Magazine

“Played to perfection” - Cleveland Jewish News

Ruthless! is an irreverent romp…Marvelous” - CoolCleveland

"A great night out. Come fill the seats." - Cleveland Talkin' Broadway

“A must see laugh riot” - BroadwayWorld Cleveland

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Ruthless! is a campy cult favorite about Tina Denmark, the greatest song-and-dance sensation to ever hit the third grade. When her school holds auditions for Pippi in Tahiti, Tina proves she will do anything to play the lead…anything! This outrageous musical famously spoofs Broadway musicals such as Gypsy and Mame, as well as classic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve. An Off-Broadway sensation, Ruthless! is the winner of Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

“The fun comes from the sheer brazenness" - The New York Times

Photos: Kathy Sandham

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Programming at Beck Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council. Beck Center gratefully acknowledges the generous funding provided by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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