Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Starring Tony Sheldon, Opens in Australia Oct. 24
By Adam Hetrick
The Australian production of the David Yazbek-Jeffrey Lane musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon, officially opens Oct. 24 at Sydney's Theatre Royal.
Roger Hodgman directs the production that has a book by Lane and music and lyrics by Yazbek. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is choreographed by Dana Jolly with musical direction by Guy Simpson.
Stephen Doorey and George Youakim of James Anthony Productions produce the run. The engagement is currently booking through Nov. 17.
Sheldon, who made his Broadway debut in the Australian import Priscilla Queen of the Desert, stars as suave conman Lawrence Jameson opposite Matt Hetherington as Freddy Benson. Principal casting also includes Amy Lehpamer as Christine Colgate, with John Wood as Andre Thibault, Anne Wood as Muriel Eubanks and Katrina Retallick as Jolene Oakes.
The company also features Zoe Coppinger, Rodney Dobson, Xander Ellis, Jillian Green, Matthew Hamilton, Glenn Hill, Vincent Hooper, Zoe Jarrett, Annabel Knight, Nadia Komazec, Phillip Lowe, Stephanie Morrison, Lisa Sontag, Darren Tyler, Caleb Vines, Jake Walasek and Sophie Weiss.
Based on the 1988 film "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," the musical focuses on two con men living in the French Riviera, who become involved in a series of schemes to swindle wealthy women out of their riches.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2005, including Best Musical. The Broadway production starred John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott, Greg Jbara, Sara Gettelfinger and Joanna Gleason. Jack O'Brien directed the Broadway production with choreography by Jerry Mitchell.
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