Will Miss Saigon Tony Winner Be a Dirty Rotten Scoundrel on Broadway?

News   Will Miss Saigon Tony Winner Be a Dirty Rotten Scoundrel on Broadway? Jonathan Pryce, the two-time Tony Award winner, is in discussions to become one of Broadway's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 2006, Playbill.com has learned.

Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce

The Welsh-born actor would take over for Tony nominee John Lithgow as Lawrence Jameson — the middle-aged climber, liar and thief in the musical comedy at the Imperial Theatre. Lithgow is expected to leave the show in January when his contract ends.

No official announcement about the possibility of Pryce has been made.

Pryce won the 1991 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Miss Saigon's oily Engineer — himself a climber, liar and thief cut from the same cloth as Jameson. (The Dirty Rotten character wears tailored suits and enjoys the high life on the French Riviera; the Engineer wore what clothes he could gather from the shoddy environment of war-torn Vietnam.)

Pryce's first Tony was earned for his work in the play Comedians in 1977. For his part, he took home the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play, also earning a Theatre World Award that year. A certain John Lithgow shared the stage with Pryce in Comedians.

Pryce starred as Prof. Henry Higgins in the recent Cameron Mackintosh-produced London revival of My Fair Lady. Some might say Higgins is also a kindred spirit to Lawrence Jameson, who takes a younger slobby con man (played by Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz) under his wing and tries to teach him a little class.

Pryce's film credits include "De-Lovely," "The Brothers Grimm," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (and its two sequels, still in production), "The Affair of the Necklace," "Very Annie Mary," "Tomorrow Never Dies," "Evita," "Carrington," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Brazil" and more.

Lithgow won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Sweet Smell of Success and was nominated for his work on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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