DON’T MISS OUT DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS CLOSES MARCH 7, 2015
WHAT IS DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS ABOUT?
Based on the popular 1988 film starring Michael Cain and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – The Musical centres on two con men living on the French Riviera. The first is the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other, a small-time crook named 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 unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues, that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!
Prepare to be transported to the luxurious lap of the French Riviera where the decadent world of sophisticated conman Laurence Jameson.
WHO STARS IN DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS?
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Robert Lindsay who received international acclaim for Me And Me Girl both in the West End and on Broadway.
THE UK PRODUCTION
The UK Premiere production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has been re conceived and re-imagined for the UK stage.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots – currently Broadway’s biggest Tony Award winning hit and Legally Blonde) in his debut production for Jerry Mitchell Productions, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek (Late Night with David Letterman, The Full Monty) and book by the Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning Jeffrey Lane (Mad About You).
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Lawrence Jameson – Robert Lindsay
Freddy Benson – Alex Gaumond
Christine Colgate – Katherine Kingsley
Muriel Eubanks – Bonnie Langford
Andre Thibault – Gary Wilmott
Director – Jerry Mitchell
Set & Costume Design – Peter McKintosh
Music and Lyrics – David Yazbek
Writer – Jeffrey Lane
Associate Choreographer – Darren Carnall
It has taken a decade for this Broadway musical to reach Britain. But the time lapse scarcely matters since this is not a cutting-edge show: it is a prime, and highly pleasurable, example of the musical as escapist fantasy and source of fun.
Michael Billington, The Guardian
It’s a highly entertaining and slickly staged show, and those who purchase tickets won’t feel they have been fleeced – even at West End prices.
Charles Spencer, The Telegraph
Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound bring charm and verve to their roles… But it’s Katherine Kingsley who steals the show… Jerry Mitchell’s lavish production occasionally seems torn between warm-hearted traditionalism and a savvy, almost postmodern delight in furtiveness and “nudge nudge, wink wink”.
There’s plenty of razzle-dazzle yet also a wry knowingness… Clever twists define Jeffrey Lane’s book and especially David Yazbek’s witty lyrics. But Yazbek’s music is less satisfying. It rollicks along appealingly without sticking in the memory. Yet with Samantha Bond and John Marquez providing nimble support… there’s a cluster of cherishable performances.
Lindsay has the ability to switch between elegance and tetchiness in an instant… But it’s Kingsley who best embodies this escapist show’s blend of sunny entertainment and classy delivery.
Henry Hitchings, The London Evening Standard