Shows run:  June 21 – July 14, 2019

Friday and Saturday 8PM and Sunday at 2PM

Ruthless! The Musical, Directed by Loren Freeman and Starring Robbie Wayne famously spoofs Broadway musicals from Gypsy to Mame as well as many iconic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve.

Talented eight year old Tina Denmark, played by Lizzie Schmelling, will do anything to land the lead in her school musical. Anything! As Tina discovers where her talent comes from, she shows us just what it takes to succeed…

Premiering in 1992, the show is responsible for discovering young performers Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. This production features Robbie Wayne (Producing Artistic Director for the Desert Rose Playhouse) as overbearing agent Sylvia St Croix who encourages Tina (Lizzie Schmelling) to pursue her dreams of a career in showbiz.

Christine Tringali Nunes is Judy Denmark, as “Tina’s Mother”, the bland housewife who has ˜absolutely no talent whatsoever”, or d
oes she…?  Jaci Davis is Tina’s grandmother, the famously spikey theatre critic Lita Encore, and Dana Adkins is Tina’s teacher and ex-actress Myrna Thorne.


Good, Clean, Ruthless Fun! The Desert Rose Playhouse production of Ruthless! The Musical is over-the-top camp at its very best.  – Palm Springs LifeDesert Rose’s RUTHLESS! is Nonstop, Mindless Fun – Broadway World

Summer in Stitches: Desert Rose’s ‘Ruthless!’ Is a Near-Perfect Musical Romp – CV Independent

“A spoof that has enough absurd plot twists and multiple identities to fill several old movies…The fun comes from the sheer brazenness!” – The New York Times

“Hilarious…It is beyond praise!” – New York Daily News

“Wild amusement.” – New York Post

“A demented pleasure. Cheery, cheeky burlesque humor that evokes Your Show of Shows.” – New York Newsday

“Merry mayhem…Malicious, delicious and a total joy.” – New York Observer

“Brilliant.” – USA Today

“A wonderfully smart and funny send up of every Broadway bratfrom Gypsy to The Bad Seed…loaded with campy wit and charm.” – Variety

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