“Ruthless!” at Colonial Chorus Players

Reading, MA — How far would you go to get the lead in your school play? Ruthless! The Musical, playing at Colonial Chorus Players Feb. 7-16, is the satirical and dark story of a naïve 1950s housewife, Judy Denmark, and her adorable but sociopathic daughter, Tina. Young Tina insists she was born to play Pippi Longstocking in her school play and will do absolutely anything to get the role. With music by Marvin Laird and lyrics by Joel Paley, this musical has been called “a demented pleasure” (New York Newsday) and “a wonderfully smart and funny send-up of every Broadway brat from Gypsy to The Bad Seed” (Variety).

The leading ladies of Ruthless! The Musical at Colonial Chorus Players Feb. 7-16: (left) Madeleine Penafiel, Laura Wood, Deborah Rosenstein, Emily Lospennato, Kendra Moore, Karen Fanale. Not pictured: Ronnie Ventura.

Performances are Feb. 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 7:30 PM and Feb. 16 at 2 PM at the Old Hose House, 1249 Main Street, Reading. Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.ccp1961.org, email ccpticketbooth@gmail.com, or call 781-944-9780. Tickets also available at the door.

Deborah Rosenstein (left) is the exasperated drama teacher Myrna Thorn with battling leading ladies Kendra Moore (as Louise Lerman) and Madeleine Penafiel (as Tina Denmark) in Ruthless! The Musical Feb. 7-16 at Colonial Chorus Players of Reading.

The cast features Karen Fanale, Emily Lospennato, Kendra Moore, Madeleine Penafiel, Deborah Rosenstein, Ronnie Ventura, and Laura Wood. The show is directed and choreographed by Amelia Boyce Munson with musical direction by Jordan Potash.

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