Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to Inhabit Imperial on Broadway

News   Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to Inhabit Imperial on Broadway Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the new musical comedy about con-men who romance rich women, will move into the Imperial Theatre on Broadway, beginning previews on Feb. 14, 2005, Variety reported.

The Imperial's current occupant, The Boy From Oz, departs Sept. 12.

A spokesman for the production confirmed the opening is set for March 17, 2005. The new musical by Jeffrey Lane (book) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics) will have a test run this fall at San Diego's Old Globe. The Globe artistic director, Jack O'Brien, who won a 2004 Tony Award for staging Henry IV, will helm the new musical. He teams again with his collaborators on The Full Monty: choreographer Jerry Mitchell and songwriter David Yazbek.

Performances begin at the Old Globe Sept. 15 and continue to Oct. 24, although an extension is expected. Opening in California is set for Sept. 22.

Based on the film of the same name, the new show will (as previously announced) star Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow in the role of Lawrence Jamieson (played by Michael Caine in the movie) and Norbert Leo Butz in the role of Freddie Benson (played by Steve Martin in the picture). Also joining the cast will be Sherie Rene Scott as Janet Colgate and Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason as Muriel. Sara Gettelfinger will play Jolene, who is sweet on Freddie. The complete cast will be announced in the summer.

O'Brien (The Invention of Love) and Mitchell (Never Gonna Dance, Broadway Bares) also teamed on Imaginary Friends and the Tony Award-winning Hairspray. Lane is known for penning episodes of "Mad About You" for TV. Yazbek was Tony-nommed for the score to The Full Monty. The production team for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels includes David Rockwell (scenic designer), Gregg Barnes (costume designer), Kenneth Posner (lighting designer), Ted Sperling (music director), Zane Mark (dance music) and Michael Brunner (stage manager).

For more information about tickets to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at The Old Globe, contact the Globe's ticket services office at (619) 23-GLOBE or visit the Globe website at www.TheOldGlobe.org.