Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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Based on the popular film, this Tony-award winning new Broadway musical is so much fun it's almost criminal. Set on the French Riviera, sophisticated con-man Lawrence Jameson makes his living by deceiving wealthy women. When small-time crook Freddy Benson arrives on the scene, a hilarious "battle of the cons" ensues. With side-splitting lyrics, and superbly catchy songs, this modern take on the old-fashioned musical is sure to take you in.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a musical comedy inspired by the 1988 movie of the same name starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. It's set in a fictionalized French Riviera town of Beaumont Sur Mer, where a pair of rival con artists set out to con a woman out of $50,000, with the loser being forced to leave town. Along the way, there are a number of twists and turns — and musical dance numbers. In a way, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is part of a new type of Broadway show — along with shows like Urinetown, The Full Monty (whose creators, Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek, also created Scoundrels), possibly even Avenue Q (an adult puppet show) that are smart, funny and self-referential even as they embrace hoary Broadway traditions, which makes them fun on two different levels.


Production information

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Theatre Calgary (Dennis Garnhum, Director)
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music & Lyrics by David Yazbeck
Musical Direction by Stephen Woodjetts
Choreography by Lisa Stevens