Lawrence is a suave gentleman who cons rich ladies and Freddy a small time American thief who cons women into giving him money by making up stories about his sick grandmother. But the town is too small for two con men, so they agree that the first person to successfully steal $50,000 from Christine Colgate will get to stay in town, while the loser has to leave.
The musical opens at a Casino near the French Riviera showing a con-artist, Lawrence Jameson, tricking wealthy women out of their money with his "bodyguard" Andre Give Them What They Want. Andre warns Lawrence that a con-artist, known as “the Jackal”, is in the area. In a side story, one woman named Muriel and a few other women realize that Lawrence is not who he says he is What Was a Woman To Do. While on a train, Lawrence watches an American named Freddy Benson swindle money out of a woman, but making much less money than Lawrence does. Lawrence ends up bringing Freddy to his lavish mansion, where Freddy envies how Lawrence has made a living out of swindling. Then he talks of all the things he wants when he’s rich Great Big Stuff. Freddy asks Lawrence to “show [him] his ways.” Andre thinks Freddie is unworthy of Lawrence's attention, and compares Freddie to a Chimp in a Suit. Lawrence doesn’t think much of it until Jolene Oakes, a woman he's swindled, informs him at gunpoint that the two of them will be getting married and moving to Oklahoma Oklahoma?. Lawrence decides to use Freddy’s help. Freddy poses as Lawrence’s repulsive brother Ruprecht All About Ruprecht. Seeing that Lawrence plans to make Ruprecht a large part of their life together, Jolene calls off the wedding.
Lawrence begins to think that there isn’t enough room in town for both him and Freddie. They make a deal: The first to get $50,000 out of a woman gets to stay in town, while the other has to leave. Immediately after making the deal the arrival of “The American Soap Queen, Christine Colgate" is announced Here I Am. Both con men decide to make her the target of their scams. Freddie creates an alias as a man paralyzed from the waist down. She and Freddy become deep in conversation and he says there is a therapist, Dr. Shuffhausen, who can help him, but he doesn’t have the money that Dr. Shuffhausen charges, $50,000. Christine tells him to keep his hopes up Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True. She tells Freddy she has the money to pay for the therapist, as Freddy had hoped The Miracle. She then tells him that Dr. Shuffhausen is at the hotel. Freddy is shocked when he sees it is none other than Lawrence.
After a quick reintroduction entracte, Lawrence performs several torturous tests on Freddy’s legs who has to endure them silently while in front of Christine Ruffhousin' Mit Shuffhausen. In the side show Muriel meets Andre and the two fall in love Like Zis/Like Zat. Lawrence is trying in every effort to get close to Christine The More We Dance, when he realizes that Christine is not as rich as they thought. Lawrence tells Freddy that he thinks they should call off the deal. Freddy reluctantly agrees the bet will be changed to whether or not he sleeps with her, then hires two sailors to kidnap Lawrence so that he can get Christine alone.
Freddy meets back with Christine at the hotel where he tells her he needs motivation to get out of his chair. She says she’ll be his motivation Love is My Legs. She sits on the bed till he is finally able to stand up out of his chair and walk to her on the bed (where he "accidentally" falls on top of her in exhaustion), when Lawrence shows up and it turns out to be a test planned by him and Christine. Lawrence has the same two sailors kidnap Freddy while he takes Christine to the train station so she can leave Love Sneaks In. Freddy shows up, having escaped the sailors too late to get to Christine.
The next day Freddy meets Christine back at the hotel who says she couldn’t leave “without seeing you again.” Son of Great Big Stuff The two get in bed together before the scene is switched to Lawrence’s mansion where Christine shows up, telling him tearfully how she came back to see Freddy, how they made love, and then when she woke up all her money was gone: “I’m beginning to think he was never really paralyzed.” Out of remorse, Lawrence packs 50 thousand dollars in a suitcase and tells her to take it. Christine takes it, but returns and gives him back the suitcase saying, ‘I’ll have something so much better to remember you by” before leaving.
A few minutes later Freddy shows up in his underwear. Lawrence is angry at him for taking Christine’s money. Freddy, however, claims that they never made love at all; they were about to when she knocked him out. When he woke up all his belongings were gone. Lawrence then opens up the suitcase to find the money gone, replaced by Freddy’s clothes and a note that reads, “Goodbye boys. It was fun! Love, 'The Jackal'”, thus revealing that she knew about their scam the entire time, and instead ended up scamming them The Reckoning. A while later Christine returns to Lawrence's château, bringing several other people with her. The guys finally admit the scam was a good adventure for them Dirty Rotten Number and they hatch a scheme to scam the crowd of people together in the "Finale".
The musical premiered in San Diego, California on September 22, 2004, before moving to Broadway in January 2005 and officially opening in March at the Imperial Theatre. The show closed on Broadway on September 3, 2006 with a total of 626 performances. The director was Jack O'Brien, choreographer was Jerry Mitchell, scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg carves, and lighting design was by Kenneth Posner. The cast included John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, and Sherie Rene Scott, with Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara.
The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Original Broadway Cast Recording CD was recorded on March 14, 2005 at Right Track Studio in New York City and was released on May 10, 2005 by Ghostlight Records (an imprint of Sh-K-Boom Records).
A North American national Equity tour launched on August 4, 2006 with Norbert Leo Butz reprising his role as Freddy, alongside Tom Hewitt as Lawrence. The Equity tour ended on August 19, 2007. The 25-city non-Equity tour of the show, with Jamie Jackson as Lawrence and Doug Thompson as Freddy, debuted September 25, 2007 in Dayton, Ohio, with its final performance on March 23, 2008, in Memphis, Tennessee. International productions have opened in Tokyo, Mexico City, Madrid, Stuttgart, Seoul, Oslo, Stockholm, Tampere and productions are planned for Copenhagen, Reykjavik, and London.
Give Them What They Want (Broadway) - Lawrence, Andre, Ensemble The Only Game in Town (National Tour)
What Was a Woman to Do - Muriel, Women
Great Big Stuff - Freddy, Ensemble
Chimp in a Suit - Andre
Oklahoma? - Jolene, Lawrence, Ensemble
All About Ruprecht - Lawrence, Ruprecht, Jolene
What Was a Woman to Do (Reprise) - Muriel
Here I Am - Christine, Ensemble
Nothing is Too Wonderful to Be True - Christine, Freddy
The Miracle (Act I Finale) - Company
Ruffhousin' Mit Shüffhausen - Freddy, Christine, Dr. Shüffhausen
Like Zis/Like Zat - Andre, Muriel
The More We Dance - Lawrence, Christine, Ensemble
Love is My Legs - Freddy, Christine, Ensemble
Love Sneaks In - Lawrence
Like Zis/Like Zat (Reprise) - Muriel
Son of Great Big Stuff - Freddy, Christine
The Reckoning - Lawrence, Freddy, Christine
Dirty Rotten Number - Lawrence, Freddy
Finale - Company
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2004-09-Old Globe Theatre-San Diego)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Old Globe Theatre (San Diego - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 15 September 2004
Dernière: 07 November 2004Mise en scène : Jack O'Brien • Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell • Producteur : Star(s) :
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005-03-Imperial Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Imperial Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 6 mois Nombre : 36 previews - 666 représentationsPremière Preview : 31 January 2005
Première: 03 March 2005
Dernière: 03 September 2006Mise en scène : Jack O'Brien • Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell • Producteur : Star(s) :
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2014-04-Savoy Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Savoy Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 11 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : 10 March 2014
Première: 02 April 2014
Dernière: 07 March 2015Mise en scène : Jerry Mitchell • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Star(s) : Avec: Robert Lindsay (Lawrence Jameson), Alex Gaumond (Freddy Benson), Katherine Kingsley (Christine Colgate), Bonnie Langford (Muriel Eubanks ), Ben Fox (Andre Thibault), Lizzy Connolly (Jolene), Gavin Alex, Darren Bennett, Niamh Bracken, Lisa Bridge, Darren Carnall, Andy Conaghan, Phoebe Coupe, Claire Doyle, Alice Fearn, Selina Hamilton, Ian Knauer, Lisa Mathieson, Zak Nemorin, Genevieve Nicole, Javier Santos, Todd Talbot, Dominic Tribuzio, Jon Tsouras, Zara Warren.Presse : "Most of the pleasure of the show depends on the relationship of this pair, and there is a fizzing on-stage chemistry between Robert Lindsay’s suave and practised deceiver, who offers a hilarious vocal imitation of our own Prince of Wales as he gulls his marks, and Rufus Hound’s oafish interloper." Charles Spencer for The Telegraph
"Every adaptation is burdened by the question ‘What’s the point?’...There is a point to this show, but it’s hardly an essential one." John Nathan for The Independent
"It's not a show that extends the boundaries of the form, but one that simply, and happily, takes us back to the all-but-lost era of musical comedy." Michael Billington for The Guardian
"This is like a Muppet rendition of the comparatively mature, subtle film version . . .." Ian Shuttleworth for The Financial Times
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