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June 27, 2016
Review: Ruthless, the Musical

ruthlessWhat is Talent?  That is the question asked of the audience at the hilarious show, "Ruthless, the Musical".  A wonderful, irreverent romp that tells the tale of little Tina Denmark and her family, who prove that they are willing to do whatever it takes to become a star.  Think “The Bad Seed" meets "All About Eve”, and then add in some song and dance.

The cast is fantastic but the standout performance for me was by Amie Bermowitz, playing Tina’s sweet, amnesiac mother.  She was flawless, with perfect comic timing that kept the audience in stitches and outstanding singing, going from sweet to sassy without missing a beat. There is also 11 year old Tori Murray, playing the delightfully diabolical Tina, who has a voice and acting ability way beyond her years.  I also loved the agent in drag who camps it up with the best of them.

I say hightail it down to St. Luke’s while you can to catch this fun, campy musical.

This is an updated review with new cast.

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Review: Kim Maresca at Feinstein’s/54 Below

By Evan Seplow

New York is filled with amazing, talented people. Often they struggle for years, and once in a while they get a break and become an ‘overnight success’. One of these talented people is Kim Maresca. I first saw her at a small, basement show a few years ago, where she really stood out. Not too long afterwards she was cast in a lead role as the mother (Judy Denmark) in the uproarious comedy Ruthless, a comedic sendup of the films The Bad Seed and All About Eve, put into musical form. It’s almost hard to see Ms. Maresca cast as a mother figure, since she looks so young and beautiful herself. But she was terrific in the role, bringing it to perfection. I guess that was part of the point, a child with a mother looking like that would be under intense pressure to achieve a similar perfection. Since the show closed in New York this past year, you can spot Maresca at a rare night at clubs such as the Triad, and most recently at Feinstein’s/54 Below, where she commanded the stage once again with her incredible singing and charming personality. What stands out about Kim Maresca is how professional and polished she is for someone still so early in her career. With only one big show under her b …Read more

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