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High Camp “Ruthless! The Musical” to kick off Season 90 at Footlight



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It’s not every year a theatre company turns 90 years old and the Footlight Players theatre company, first founded in 1931, is looking pretty spry with a season 90 lineup that is set to  welcome back patrons and artists alike with wide variety of productions and special events including some early arrivals ahead of the full season.

Footlight Players (in residence at the historic Queen Street Playhouse) will get right back to it starting Sept. 3  with a plan of bringing laughter back to the forefront for everyone with the campy revenge musical comedy  Ruthless! The Musical, directed by longtime collaborator Kyle Barnette (Head Over Heels, Lady Day at  Emerson’s Bar and Grill). The musical about 8 year-old Tina Denmark, who will do anything to get the lead in  the new school musical including taking out the competition, has developed into a theatre cult classic since  its off-Broadway debut in 1993 (with both Natalie Portman and Britney Spears cast as understudies for the  role of Tina!).

The musical features an all-female cast with the exception of the role of Sylvia St. Clair which was written for  a female but is traditionally played in high camp drag by a male since the original Sylvia actor, Joel Vig, gave  the best audition for the role. A send-up spoof of many female-centric films and theatre works including All  About Eve, The Bad Seed and Gypsy, Ruthless! The Musical is also known for its unique cabaret-style  musical score which is often performed only with a piano or a very small three piece band with big solo  musical numbers that elicit the feel of a brassy piano bar performance setting.

‘After a year and a half of everything we have been through as a society and so much bad news, we felt it was  time to bring laughter back to town and Ruthless! does that and them some.’ notes Executive Director Brian  Porter. ‘We all need an escape right now and this show is definitely the perfect remedy!’  

Ruthless! The Musical opens Sept. 3 and runs through Sept. 19 at the Queen Street Playhouse at 20 Queen  St. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 843. 722.4487


Ruthless: The Musical (Sept. 3 – 19, 2021)

Kicking off the official 90th season at the Queen Street Playhouse will be the outrageous and hilarious  revenge musical spoof Ruthless! The Musical. The long time Off-Broadway cult classic, which boasts an all  female character cast, tells the story of 8 year old Tina Denmark who will do anything to win the part in her  school musical including taking out anyone who gets in her way on her road to stardom.

Wait Until Dark (Oct. 8 – 24, 2021)

Heading into the fall Footlight will bring the thriller What Until Dark to life, the play which inspired the classic  Audrey Hepburn film of the same name. The Frederick Knott penned suspense/thriller features Susy Hendrix,  a recently blinded housewife who unknowingly possess a doll filled with illicit drugs. When a group of  criminals decide to rob her and steal the doll, they unwittingly enter into clever game of cat and mouse where  Susy turns the tables on the robbers using her seeming ‘disability’ to great advantage.

The Rocky Horror Experience (Oct. 30 & 31, 2021)

Footlight will once again partner with fellow QSP resident company What If? Productions for their second  annual (following the forced COVID break) interactive Halloween event The Rocky Horror Experience. This  special event features all the great elements of a proper Rocky Horror film viewing including props, costume  contests and call-outs while adding live actor performances of some of the movies most iconic musical  numbers along with a live house band.

Matilda the Musical (Dec. 3 – 19, 2021)

Originally set to close out Footlight’s COVID- cancelled 89th season, the Tony award winning musical Matilda  takes on the holidays in this colorful and charming stage adaptation of the beloved book by Roald Dahl. The  musical centers on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis, who loves reading,  overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.

Detroit ’67 (Feb. 4 – 20, 2022)

In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends  meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into  their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so  does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 riots. Playwright Dominique

Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 was first presented Off Broadway at the Public Theater in association with Classical  Theatre of Harlem and the National Black Theatre in New York City on March 11, 2013.

The Legend of Georgia McBride (Mar. 11 – 27, 2022)

The big-hearted, music-filled fierce drag comedy The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez tells the  story of struggling Elvis impersonator Casey who has been running the same tired act in a small-time club in  the Florida panhandle. Enter Miss Tracey Mills, a self-proclaimed grand dame of drag, whose show becomes

the talk of the panhandle and helps transform ‘The King’ into an all-out queen with the help of some new  friends who become the second family Casey never saw coming.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Apr. 22 – May 8, 2022)

This Tony Award winning musical comedy from the 2014 Broadway season tells the story of lowly Monty  Navarro who finds out he is eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family and takes to a more  ‘ambitious’ path to making his way further up the line of succession. This murderous romp features a scene stealing role with one actor taking on all eight of the doomed heirs along the family line.

Tickets for all shows and season memberships are available online at or by calling the  Queen Street Playhouse box office at 843.722.4487. For additional inquiries contact

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