Broadway Has a New Pair of Scoundrels July 21

News   Broadway Has a New Pair of Scoundrels July 21 Keith Carradine plays all class, and Brian d'Arcy James plays all crass beginning July 21, when they join the company of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway.
Keith Carradine
Keith Carradine

They play the titular con men (smooth Lawrence Jameson and rude Freddy Benson) in the Jack O'Brien directed musical by Jeffrey Lane (book) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics).

On July 16, Jonathan Pryce and Norbert Leo Butz, one of the best reviewed couples in a Broadway musical this year, exited Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Butz, who won the 2005 Best Actor (Musical) Tony Award for playing the more crass of the two titular con men, will help launch the national tour in Seattle in August (his partner in crime will be Tom Hewitt).

Keith Carradine was Tony Award nominated for starring in The Will Rogers Follies. Brian d'Arcy James, fresh out of Broadway's The Lieutenant of Inishmore, is known for his Tony nommed turn in Sweet Smell of Success and for starring in regional productions of the new stage musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

Pryce and Carradine competed for the Best Actor (Musical) Tony Award in 1991, when Miss Saigon and Will Rogers went head to head. Pryce won the award but Will Rogers was named Best Musical.

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Pryce ("Brazil," "Carrington," London's Oliver! and My Fair Lady) stepped into the David Yazbek-Jeffrey Lane musical comedy at the Imperial Theatre in January, earning solid reviews for replacing John Lithgow as smooth Lawrence Jameson.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels also features Sherie Rene Scott, Sara Gettelfinger, Gregory Jbara and Lucie Arnaz. Jbara exits July 23, to be replaced by Richard Kind in early August.

Jack O'Brien directs, Jerry Mitchell choreographs.

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