Report: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to Hit London in 2007

News   Report: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to Hit London in 2007
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the David Yazbek musical which took home a Tony for Norbert Leo Butz's performance, is aiming to open in London in spring 2007, Variety reported.

According to the trade paper, producer Marty Bell is currently weighing possible casting notions for the British berth.

The show, which has proved an audience favorite, received 11 Tony Award nominations. It was recently announced that a national tour will be launched in September 2006.

Director and choreographer Jack O'Brien and Jerry Mitchell (both nommed for their work) have set aside weeks in summer 2006 to put together the tour, which will premiere Labor Day week in a city to be named, Bell said.

Bell confirmed May 10 he was also in discussions with producers in Japan and Europe for worldwide expansion of property.

The musical's source material, the Hollywood picture of the same name, already has an international reputation. A cast album featuring the Broadway company was released commercially May 10 on the Ghostlight Records label. The 2005 Tony nominations for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels included Best Musical, Best Leading Actor (Musical) for both Norbert Leo Butz (who won) and John Lithgow, Best Leading Actress (Musical) for Sherie Rene Scott, Best Featured Actress (Musical) for Joanna Gleason, Best Score (for composer-lyricist David Yazbek), Best Book of a Musical (Jeffrey Lane), Best Lighting Design (Kenneth Posner), Best Orchestrations (Harold Wheeler).

Performances continue at the Imperial Theatre.

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