6/5/2014 - 6/29/2014
Running June 5 to 29, 2014
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
A musical comedy
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music and lyrics by David Yazbek
Based on the film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels written by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning
Directed and Choreographed by Jim Weaver
Musical Direction by John Ebner
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the French Riviera, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tells the madcap tale of two lying, cheating, dirty, rotten con men. The high-brow sophisticate Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by sweet-talking rich ladies out of their money, whereas the low-brow hood Freddy Benson swindles women by waking their compassion with outrageous lies about his ill grandmother.
From outward appearances, the two scheming scammers could not be more alike. But united in their passion for separating rich women from their wallets, Freddy urges Lawrence to take him under his wing as his thieving apprentice.Lawrence realizes quickly that there isn’t enough room in town for two con men — so he strikes a deal with Freddy: The first man to swindle $50,000 from a woman gets to stay in town while the loser must hit the road.
The crooks set their sights on the American soap heiress Christine Colgate, who’s just blown into the French Riviera from Cincinnati. Trouble is, she just might be smarter than the two bamboozling fraudsters seeking to drain her bank account! What ensues is a hilarious battle of cons that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!
With its cheeky humor and outrageously risqué scenarios, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is best enjoyed by audiences over the age of 16.
Approximate running time: Including one 15-minute intermission, two hours and 35 minutes.
CLICK HERE to read the Akron Beacon Journal's review of the show.
CLICK HERE to read the Knight Foundation Arts Blog's review of the show.
BACKGROUND ON THIS SHOW: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the film of the same name, starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. The film itself is rumored to be a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story, which closely matches the plot and has the same names of its two leading men. Composer and lyricist David Yazbek happened to catch the film on television one day, and became interested in the concept. After contacting MGM to obtain the rights, TV writer Jeffrey Lane showed interest in the project and was brought on as the show’s book writer.
The musical premiered in San Diego, California on Sept. 22, 2004. The show opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on March 3, 2005. The cast included former Akronite John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott, and Joanna Gleason. Directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the production was nominated for 10 Tony Awards — including best musical, best book and best score — but it won only one, for leading actor (Butz). The show also received 10 Drama Desk Award nominations, and won one for leading actor (Butz). Dirty Rotten Scoundrels closed on Broadway on Sept. 3, 2006 after 36 previews and 627 performances.
A North American national tour launched in August of 2006 with Norbert Leo Butz reprising his role as Freddy. The tour ended in August of 2007. The next month, a 25-city non-Equity tour opened in Dayton, Ohio, and played across America until closing in Memphis, Tenn., in March of 2008. A production in London’s West End just opened in March at the Savoy Theatre and is currently booking tickets through March of 2015.
PATRICK MICHAEL DUKEMAN
KAITLYN GLOVER (Dance Captain)
DANIELLE GRUNENWALD GRUHLER
MARCUS MALCOLM MARTIN
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Director and Choreographer
JULIA "J.J." McADAMS
ERIN KATZ FORD
JASEN J. SMITH
ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director
Assistant Technical Director