The national tour of the scamming, scheming, double-crossing hit Broadway musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is coming to Buffalo as part of the 2006-07 M & T Bank Broadway Series.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels reunites David Yazbek (music and lyrics) with Tony Award winners Jack O'Brien (direction) and Jerry Mitchell (choreography), the Tony nominated 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, the musical 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.