Roger Hodgman Will Direct Australian Production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
By Michael Gioia
The Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will play Sydney's Theatre Royal in Australia in October for a limited engagement. Roger Hodgman (Australian productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Grey Gardens, Sweeney Todd) will direct.
Based on the 1988 film of the same name, the musical features a score by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, acccoridng to press notes, "centers on two con men on the French Riviera. The first is the suave, sophisticated and successful Lawrence Jameson, the other, a small-time crook named Freddy Benson. When Freddy threatens to expose Lawrence's operation, Lawrence begrudgingly agrees to take him under his wing and tutor him in the 'art of the con.' The pair join forces and successfully work the Riviera until Freddy, frustrated by his apprentice 'monkey boy' role abandons the partnership and starts to compete with Lawrence, it soon becoming apparent that the small French town of Beumont sur Mer isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a bet, the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female 'soap' heiress, Christine Colgate wins and gets to stay, the other must leave town forever."
The musical was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Norbert Leo Butz took home the 2005 Tony Award for his performance as Freddy Benson. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was originally directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is produced by James Anthony Productions, which was founded in 2009 by George Youakim and Stephen Doorey and also produced Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's song cycle Edges, among others.
For more information, visit DirtyRottenScoundrels.com.au.
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