About the showDirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 2005 musical by composer David Yazbek and writer Jeffrey Lane. Based on the successful 1988 film of the same name, which starred Steve Martin and Michael Cane, the musical version originally ran at Broadway's Imperial Theatre for over 600 performances. It has since been seen in Stockholm, Seoul, Stuttgart and Sydney. The new London production previewed from the 10th of March at the Savoy Theatre after receiving rave reviews on an exclusive UK tour.
Set on the lively French Riviera at the height of Casino culture, con-artist Lawrence Jameson tricks wealthy women out of their money with his "bodyguard" Andre. When his authority becomes challenged by the impressive Freddy, the pair make a deal that the first trickster to swindle $50,000 out of a woman gets to stay in town, and the loser has to leave. As the pair fight tooth and nail to prove their worth, their feelings for the women begin to get in the way, and they find their plan turns on its head.
The original Broadway production starred John Lithgow as Lawrence and Norbert Leo Butz as Freddy, who took home the Tony Award and Drama Desk for Best Actor in a Musical. Sherie Rene Scott starred as Christine alongside Joanna Gleason as Muriel. Yazbek's previous musical writing credits include the score for The Full Monty and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
The London production stars Robert Lindsay as Lawrence (My Family), Katherine Kingsley as Christine (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Noel Coward Theatre), Bonnie Langford as Muriel (Doctor Who) and Gary Wilmot as Andre (The Pajama Game, Shaftesbury Theatre).
This production is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Jerry made his Broadway and West End debut as director of hit Olivier Award winning musical Legally Blonde which he also choreographed. He also directed and choreographed the 2013 Tony Award winning Best Musical Kinky Boots.
Who Should See It?Fans of musical comedy will enjoy seeing this original and fresh show. The musical will appeal to fans of the film, as well as those who enjoyed seeing Robert Lindsay in his many stage and screen roles.
- 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Norbert Leo Butz)