Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the Hit Musical's National Tour, at OCPAC
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The last date listed for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was Friday September 8, 2006 / 7:30pm.
Currently at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall
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Featured review from Victor B.Red Velvet
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This musical comedy made for a very enjoyable evening. My only real complaint was that it was too long. I think some careful editing and cutting to reduce the time by 45 minutes or so would have been appreciated. As it was the show started and 7:30 and we did not get out until 10:20.
The seats in this venue are very uncomfortable. The OCCPA needs to upgrade this theater with wider, more comfortable seats. There were lots of empty seats so they do have room to make changes.
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The seats were great and the show was hilarious. The cast was very talented especially Norbert. The music was phenomenal and the cast did not miss a note. The scenery was so simple but perfect in setting the scene especially with the use of...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Those who haven’t had the opportunity to see it yet would be advised to beat a path to the box office. If there were a theatrical Richter scale measuring entertainment value, the show would register a tectonic 10!” —Los Angeles Times
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a crowd-pleaser of the first order: mightily musical and terribly funny.” —Variety
“The most eagerly awaited new musical of the season.” —Ben Brantley, New York Times
“I know funny when I see it, and this show is a perfect hoot! A big hit.” —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
The national tour of the scamming, scheming, double-crossing hit Broadway musical DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS opens the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s 2006-2007 Broadway Series in Segerstrom Hall. DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS reunites David Yazbek (music and lyrics) with Tony Award winners Jack O’Brien (direction) and Jerry Mitchell (choreography), the team behind The Full Monty. The raucous new musical comedy show features a book by Jeffrey Lane that keeps audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the very end.
Based on the popular 1988 MGM film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on the French Riviera – the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money; and a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, who, 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. So they make a bet: the first one to swindle $50,000 from a young heiress, triumphs and the other must leave town. What follows are a series of schemes, masquerades and double-crosses in which nothing may ever be exactly what it seems.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS opened on Broadway in March 2005 to rave reviews, where it continues to delight audiences at The Imperial Theatre. The New York Times_’ Ben Brantley called it, “The most eagerly awaited new musical of the season.” Clive Barnes (New York Post_) raved, “A knockout punch to Broadway’s funnybone! One of the liveliest, funniest, best-performed musicals in years. Super-smart and superior in every way.” And Terry Teachout (The Wall Street Journal) proclaimed, “I know funny when I see it, and this show is a perfect hoot! A big hit.” DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS was awarded 11 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. The musical had its world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in September 2004.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS features the music and lyrics of David Yazbek (The Full Monty_) with direction by Jack O’Brien (_Hairspray, The Full Monty, Damn Yankees_), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (_La Cage aux Folles, Hairspray_, The Full Monty_, Gypsy), and a book by Jeffrey Lane. The design team includes David Rockwell (sets), Gregg Barnes (costumes), Kenneth Posner (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners (sound). Ted Sperling serves as musical director and the orchestrations are by Harold Wheeler.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS is produced on Broadway and on National Tour by The Dirty Rotten Producers in association with MGM On Stage. The executive producers are Marty Bell and Aldo Scrofani.