Great Big Stuff: The Essential Norbert Leo Butz on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
28 Dec 2013

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Original Cast Recording
If Butz ascended to musical theatre royalty with The Last Five Years, then he became a full-blown Broadway star with his performance in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, for which he won his first Tony Award. Prior to the David Yazbek-Jeffrey Lane musical comedy, Butz had proven himself in fan-favorite pop opera material as something of a heartthrob and elsewhere as a reliable replacement, but it was Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that cemented his gravitas as a sophisticated and hilarious leading man of great personal distinction. The wonderful cast album is replete with showstoppers including Butz's personal triumphs in "Great Big Stuff," "Love Is My Legs" (with Sherie Rene Scott) and the title number (with John Lithgow).