Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

February 9-25, 2018
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

Book by Jef­frey Lane; Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek
Based on the film, Dirty Rot­ten Scoundrels, writ­ten by Dale Launer and Stan­ley Shapiro & Paul Hen­ning

Dirty Rot­ten Scoundrels, based on the pop­u­lar 1988 MGM film, takes us to the French Riv­iera for high jinks and hilar­i­ty. 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. 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!

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