Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek The Full Monty and was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them.
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a comedy musical , with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane ; it is based on the film of the same name.
The musical premiered on Broadway in and ran for performances despite mixed reviews. It has since received tours and international productions. The Australian production opened in to rave reviews and was called the "best musical to hit Sydney this century" by the Sydney Morning Herald. A West End production opened in to generally warm reviews. The musical premiered in San Diego, California on September 22, , before moving to Broadway in January and officially opening in March at the Imperial Theatre.
The show closed on Broadway on September 3, after a total of performances. Muriel Eubanks and a few other women express their devotion and amorous feelings for Lawrence, who has conned them "What Was a Woman To Do".
Andre warns Lawrence about a highly successful con-artist known as "The Jackal", who is said to be visiting the area. Later, aboard a train, Lawrence watches an American named Freddy Benson who he figures is The Jackal swindle a woman, but notes that Freddy makes much less money than Lawrence does. Lawrence brings Freddy to his lavish mansion, where Freddy envies Lawrence's success as a swindler and describes everything he'll have when he's rich "Great Big Stuff".
Freddy asks Lawrence to show him his ways. Andre thinks Freddy is unworthy of Lawrence's attention and compares Freddy to a chimp in a suit "Chimp in a Suit". Lawrence considers Freddy's request until Jolene Oakes, a woman he's conned, informs him at gunpoint that he's going to marry her and move with her to Oklahoma "Oklahoma?
Then Lawrence decides to use Freddy's help. Seeing that Lawrence plans to make Ruprecht a large part of their life together, Jolene calls off the wedding. Lawrence begins to think that there isn't enough room in town for both him and Freddy after the pair argue.
Immediately after they agree on this, the arrival of "The American Soap Queen" is announced. Her name is Christine Colgate, and she is optimistic, naive and hopelessly clumsy, constantly bumping into people "Here I Am". Both con men decide to target her. Freddy presents himself as a man paralyzed from the waist down. Christine and Freddy discuss his medical options and he explains that only one therapist, Dr. Shuffhausen, can help him, but he can't afford Dr. Then she reveals that Dr.
Shuffhausen is at the hotel and Freddy is shocked to discover that Lawrence is Shuffhausen. After a quick introduction "Entr'acte" , Lawrence as Shuffhausen performs several torturous tests on Freddy "Ruffhousin' Mit Shuffhausen" , who has to endure them without complaint.
When he realizes that Christine is not as rich as they thought. Freddy reluctantly agrees and they agree on new terms: whoever beds Christine gets to stay. Freddy sleeps with her, then hires two sailors to kidnap Lawrence so that he can have Christine to himself. Freddy meets with Christine at the hotel where he tells her he needs motivation to get out of his chair. She says she'll be his motivation "Love is My Legs". She sits on the bed till he is finally able to stand up out of his chair and walk to her on the bed where he "accidentally" falls on top of her in exhaustion.
Lawrence then shows up and it turns out to be a test planned by him and Christine. Lawrence has the same two sailors kidnap Freddy while he takes Christine to the train station so she can leave "Love Sneaks In". Freddy shows up, having escaped the sailors too late to get to Christine.
A few minutes later Freddy shows up in his underwear. Lawrence is angry at him for taking Christine's money. Freddy, however, claims that they never made love at all; they were about to when she knocked him out.
When he woke up all his belongings were gone. It was fun! A while later Christine returns to Lawrence's chateau, bringing a group of other people with her.
The guys admit the scam was a good adventure "Dirty Rotten Number" and they hatch a scheme to scam the crowd of people together in the "Finale". The Broadway reviews were mixed. Ben Brantley of The New York Times compared the musical with the hit musical The Producers , also an adaptation of a film about two con men, and found it lacking in confidence and energy.
He praised Butz but felt that the musical's "ingredients appear to have been assembled according to an oft-checked shopping list for a borrowed recipe. There is equally little evidence of He termed the show "a bit vulgar, a bit hokey, a bit for the tired businessman, but often funny, not infrequently clever, with a nice sprinkling of the outrageous". The West End reviews were generally favorable. The Sunday Times critic called it "a scandalous delight".
He enjoyed the show's nostalgic fun and "escapist fantasy". It found the show silly, but not "in a good way Any instance of underplaying may conceivably result in docked wages.
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Abridged
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a comedy musical , with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane ; it is based on the film of the same name. The musical premiered on Broadway in and ran for performances despite mixed reviews. It has since received tours and international productions. The Australian production opened in to rave reviews and was called the "best musical to hit Sydney this century" by the Sydney Morning Herald. A West End production opened in to generally warm reviews. The musical premiered in San Diego, California on September 22, , before moving to Broadway in January and officially opening in March at the Imperial Theatre. The show closed on Broadway on September 3, after a total of performances.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Script & Vocal
Southey Musical Theatre Company. It is always interesting to see a successful play, film or novel being transferred to musical theatre, and Southey with Mark Feakins in the Director's chair certainly brought out the best of this particular transferral. Michael Moore's costumes and millinery were a delight and together with good and effective properties Jill Beckett and a good lighting design from Tom Dyson we were certainly transported to the South of France. Gina Townend as Christine Colgate gave an assured performance together with her excellent singing voice. Well done to the ensemble, and particularly in one of the show's best musical numbers - the hoedown. Congratulations to Matthew Moore Musical Director and the orchestra, who gave excellent support to those on stage, but unfortunately the music in the show is not very memorable.
Synopsis & Songs