Let the con begin!
Here at the Marquee, we’re thrilled to announce that the incredibly funny and smart Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is now available to license through Music Theatre International. With music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by Jeffrey Lane (5 Emmys, 2 Peabodies and a Golden Globe award) and more plot twists than a telenovela, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is sure to be a favorite with your audiences – and your performers!
This adaptation of the film comedy (which starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine) earned a whopping eleven TONY nominations – including both lead actors nominated against each other: Broadway/TV legend John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz in a star-making and ultimately TONY-winning breakout performance. Rounding out the original cast were theatre luminaries Gregory Jbara, Joanna Gleason, Sara Gettelfinger and Sherie Rene Scott. After Lithgow and Butz left the show, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ran with several notable stars stepping into the lead roles to great success and critical acclaim (Jonathan Pryce, Brian D’arcy James, Lucy Arnaz, Rachel York and Keith Carradine all took roles during the run). In addition, a tour has criss-crossed the US since 2007.
Based on the popular 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. The first is the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other, a small-time crook named 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 unsuccessfully 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!