Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to Make Regional Debut at Cape Playhouse; 2008 Season Announced

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New England's Cape Playhouse will stage the regional premiere of David Yazbek's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as part of its 2008 summer season.

The first offering of the season will be Marc Salem's Mind Games, June 23-July 5. Salem, who has presented his show to acclaim in the West End and on Broadway, "takes the audience on fantastic tours inside the mind," according to press notes. "Through a series of astounding and mystifying games, using psychological techniques and visual information, the possibilities of the human mind – its judgment, emotions and perceptions are humorously explored!"

Dick Vosburgh and Frank Lazarus' Tony Award-winning musical A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine follows, playing July 7-19. The musical, comprised of two one-acts, "takes place in the lobby of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the 1930s where the ushers pay tribute to the songs and stars of that magical Hollywood era," while the other "takes place in the Pavlenko mansion in the Ukraine, where madcap lunacy and Marx Brothers reign supreme."

The Cape Playhouse heads to the French Riviera when Dirty Rotten Scoundrels makes its regional debut July 21-Aug. 2. Featuring a score by Tony nominee David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane, Scoundrels follows "the suave Lawrence Jameson, who makes his living by sweet-talking wealthy women out of their fortunes and the small-town crook Freddy Benson, who swindles the ladies by lavishly fabricating a story about his ailing grandmother. After the two meet, they soon realize the French Riviera is not big enough for the two of them – and the first to obtain $50,000 from the young heiress may remain on the island, the other must leave."

The doo-wop musical Leader of the Pack, which incorporates such songs as "Be My Baby," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Chapel of Love," "Then He Kissed Me" and the title tune, runs Aug. 4-16.

Garson Kanin's comedy Born Yesterday will be staged Aug. 18-30. The 1940's comedy centers on "a crude tycoon who brings his showgirl-mistress to Washington D.C. where he hopes to 'buy' a few congressmen with her charms. Unfortunately, her social and intellectual ignorance becomes a hindrance to his business prospects, so he hires a journalist to give her a crash course in history, politics and literature." The final offering of the Cape Playhouse season will be the regional premiere of The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, Sept. 1-13. Penned by Angelo Parra, the musical – incorporating 14 songs from the singer's career – follows Smith's life from her childhood in Tennessee to her "vaudeville shows with Ma Rainey that lead to her rapid success in the Roaring 20's."

Casting and creative assignments will be announced at a later date.

The Cape Playhouse is located in Dennis, MA, at 820 Route 6A. For more information call (508) 385-3911.

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