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The hit 2005 Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End on March 10th 2014. The show is based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Steve Martin and Michael Cane.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is set on the sunny French Riviera, where Casino culture runs high. Lawrence Jameson, a notorious con-artists makes a living tricking wealthy women out of their money with the help of his trusty bodyguard Andre. The arrival of Freddy challenges his position, and it soon becomes clear that the coast is just not big enough for two con men. The pair make a deal that the first one of them to swindle $50,000 out of one of the wealthy residents will get to retain the turf, and the loser will be forced to leave. As the heat increases, both men stop at nothing in order to show they are the greatest, but as the fight gains intensity, their feelings for the women begin to get in the way. As they meet some highly intelligent girls, it seems that the pair may have finally met their match…
Cast and Creative
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was composed by David Yazbek with a book by Jeffrey Lane. The current London production was directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.
David Yazbek’s work was last seen in the West End for the 2002 production of The Full Monty which ran at the Prince of Wales Theatre for eight months. As a composer, his style is often sharp and satirical, and his work on ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ is no exception. His last show on Broadway was ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ which was based on the film by Pedro Almodóvar and starred Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
The London production stars Robert Lindsay (My Family), Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as well as comedian turned actor, Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guvnors).
Bonnie Langford has been cast as the new Muriel Eubanks, with her first performance on September 16th 2014.
- Give Them What They Want
- What Was a Woman to Do
- Great Big Stuff
- All About Ruprecht
- What Was a Woman to Do (Reprise)
- Here I Am
- Nothing is Too Wonderful to Be True
- The Miracle (Act I Finale)
- Ruffhousin’ Mit Shüffhausen
- Like Zis/Like Zat
- The More We Dance
- Love is My Legs
- Love Sneaks In –
- Like Zis/Like Zat (Reprise)
- The Reckoning
- Dirty Rotten Number
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