DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, the hit Broadway musical opened in London at the Savoy Theatre on March 10th 2014! Press Night was held on Wednesday the 2nd April and the show has received glittering reviews.
Written by David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane, this musical comedy is based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Michael Cane and Steve Martin. Directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the show has recently opened to rave reviews in Sydney, Australia and this brand new production is set to transfer to London. Casting for the London production includes Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley, who all have extensive experience in the West End.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS is set in the colourful world of the French Riviera where casino culture is rife. Master con-artist Lawrence Jameson makes a living tricking old, rich ladies into giving him their money. When Freddy arrives on the French coast, he challenges the status quo, and Lawrence’s position as chief con-artist is threatened. As they decide the town just isn’t big enough for the two of them, they challenge each other to a bet. The first one to swindle $50,000 wins. As they both take on the bet, they fall for the same woman, but quickly realise that they may have bitten off more than they can chew…
The original Broadway production starred John Lithgow as Lawrence along with Norbert Leo Butz as Freddy. Sherie Rene Scott starred as Christine Colgate, alongside Joanna Gleason as Muriel Eubanks. Throughout the run, British actor Jonathan Pryce replaced John Lithgow, gaining excellent reviews. It took home the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Butz) as well as the Drama Desk for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Butz). It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, as well as creative nominations for Best Direction, Choreography, Lighting Design and Orchestrations.