Actress Joanna Gleason, who was Tony Award-nominated for creating the role in 2005, let the cat out of the bag in a WOR radio interview March 22, and www.luciearnaz.com has also reported the news.
After Playbill.com reported the news, the producers confirmed Arnaz joins the troupe May 29. Arnaz is the fiftysomething daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is my favorite Broadway musical of last season!" Arnaz told her website. "Joanna Gleason is leaving and I couldn't be happier to be filling her Feragamos. Jonathan Pryce and Rachel York have just recently joined the company, Norbert [Leo Butz] is still knockin' 'em dead every night and the show is hotter than ever. ...But, please give me a week or so not to be tripping on the turntable. After taking over a role in My One And Only, I know what it feels like to leap onto these moving trains-thrilling and horribly scary!"
Arnaz also appeared in Broadway's Lost in Yonkers and toured with Tommy Tune in My One and Only. They're Playing Our Song played the Imperial Theatre, where Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is holed up.