Dirty Rotten Scoundrels BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • Opening Night:
    March 3, 2005
    Closing:
    September 3, 2006

    Theater: Imperial Theatre / 249 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Based on the popular 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. The first is suave and sophisticated con artist, Lawrence Jameson, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other, a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, they unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues, bringing out the best and worst in each man, along with a fun, unexpected twist that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    The Art of the Con, Reprised

    Ben Brantley

    March 4, 2005: Is there room on Broadway for another odd couple of singing con men? On paper, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," which opened last night at the Imperial Theater, has an awful lot in common with the musical megahit "The Producers": a mismatched pair of scam artists (one a silky veteran, one a raw rookie); a long-legged blonde as a love interest for both fellows; a bubbly score; comic homages to showbiz classics; and the aim of vaulting over the lines of good taste whenever possible.

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