Imperial Theatre, (3/03/2005 - 9/03/2006)

First Preview: Jan 31, 2005
Opening Date: Mar 03, 2005
Closing Date: Sep 03, 2006
Total Previews: 36
Total Performances: 627

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)

Produced by Marty Bell, David Brown, Aldo Scrofani, Roy Furman, Dede Harris, Amanda Lipitz, Greg Smith, Ruth Hendel, Chase Mishkin, Barry Tatelman, Susan Tatelman, Debra Black, Sharon Karmazin, Joyce Schweickert, Bernie Abrams, Michael Speyer, Barbara Whitman, Weissberger Theater Group (Jay Harris, Producer), Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Jean Cheever, Clear Channel Entertainment and Harvey Weinstein; Produced in association with MGM On Stage

World Premiere at the Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Louis G. Spisto, Executive Director)

Music by David Yazbek; Book by Jeffrey Lane; Lyrics by David Yazbek; Music orchestrated by Harold Wheeler; Vocal arrangements by Ted Sperling and David Yazbek; Dance arrangements by Zane Mark; Musical Director: Ted Sperling; Incidental Music Arrangements by Ted Sperling; Based on the film "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" written by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning

Directed by Jack O'Brien; Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell; Associate Choreographer: Denis Jones

Scenic Design by David Rockwell; Costume Design by Gregg Barnes; Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners and Nevin Steinberg; Make-Up Design by Jorge Vargas; Associate Scenic Design: Richard Jaris; Associate Costume Design: Sky Switser; Associate Lighting Design: Philip Rosenberg

General Manager: The Charlotte Wilcox Company; Executive Producer: Marty Bell and Aldo Scrofani; Company Manager: Matthew Lambert

Technical Supervisor: Christopher C. Smith; Production Stage Manager: Michael Brunner; Stage Manager: Daniel S. Rosokoff

Conducted by Fred Lassen; Musical Coordinator: Howard Joines; Associate Conductor: Jan Rosenberg; Concert Master: Antoine Silverman; Violin: Michael Nicholas and Claire Chan; Cello: Anja Wood; Woodwinds: Andrew Sterman, Dan Willis and Mark Thrasher; Trumpet: Kevin Bryan and Hollis Burridge; Trombone: Mike Boschen; Horn: Theresa MacDonnell; Keyboards: Dan Lipton and Jan Rosenberg; Guitar: Erik Della Penna; Bass: Mike DuClos; Drums: Dean Sharenow; Percussion: Howard Joines; Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation

Casting: Bernard Telsey Casting, Inc.; Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Marketing: Margery Singer Company; Dance Captain: Greg Graham; Advertising: Spot Design; Photographer: Carol Rosegg

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Opening Night Cast

Norbert Leo ButzFreddy Benson
(Jan 31, 2005 - Jul 16, 2006)
John LithgowLawrence Jameson
(Jan 31, 2005 - Jan 15, 2006)
Sherie Rene ScottChristine Colgate
(Jan 31, 2005 - Feb 05, 2006)
Sara GettelfingerJolene Oakes
(Jan 31, 2005 - Jan 15, 2006)
Joanna GleasonMuriel Eubanks
(Jan 31, 2005 - Apr 30, 2006)
Gregory JbaraAndre Thibault
(Jan 31, 2005 - Jul 23, 2006)
Timothy J. AlexEnsemble
Andrew AsnesEnsemble
Roxane BarlowEnsemble
Stephen CampanellaEnsemble
Joe CassidyEnsemble
Julie ConnorsEnsemble
Rachel deBenedetEnsemble
Laura Marie DuncanEnsemble
Sally Mae DunnEnsemble
Tom GalantichEnsemble
Jason GillmanEnsemble
Amy HegginsEnsemble
Grasan KingsberryEnsemble
Michael PaternostroEnsemble
Rachelle RakEnsemble

Swings: Jeremy Davis, Nina Goldman, Greg Graham, Gina Lamparella and Chuck Saculla

Standby: Nick Wyman (Lawrence Jameson)

Understudies: Joe Cassidy (Andre Thibault, Freddy Benson), Julie Connors (Jolene Oakes), Rachel deBenedet (Muriel Eubanks), Laura Marie Duncan (Christine Colgate, Muriel Eubanks), Tom Galantich (Lawrence Jameson), Jason Gillman (Freddy Benson), Gina Lamparella (Christine Colgate), Michael Paternostro (Andre Thibault, Freddy Benson) and Rachelle Rak (Jolene Oakes)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2005 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Marty Bell, David Brown, Aldo Scrofani, Roy Furman, Dede Harris, Amanda Lipitz, Greg Smith, Ruth Hendel, Chase Mishkin, Barry Tatelman, Susan Tatelman, Debra Black, Sharon Karmazin, Joyce Schweickert, Bernie Abrams, Michael Speyer, Barbara Whitman, Weissberger Theater Group (Jay Harris, Producer), Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Jean Cheever, Clear Channel Entertainment and Harvey Weinstein; Produced in association with MGM On Stage

 2005 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Jeffrey Lane

 2005 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by David Yazbek; Lyrics by David Yazbek

winner 2005 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Norbert Leo Butz

 2005 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

John Lithgow

 2005 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Sherie Rene Scott

 2005 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Joanna Gleason

 2005 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Jerry Mitchell

 2005 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Jack O'Brien

 2005 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Harold Wheeler

 2005 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Kenneth Posner

Drama Desk Award

 2005 Outstanding New Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Marty Bell, David Brown, Aldo Scrofani, Roy Furman, Dede Harris, Amanda Lipitz, Greg Smith, Ruth Hendel, Chase Mishkin, Barry Tatelman, Susan Tatelman, Debra Black, Sharon Karmazin, Joyce Schweickert, Bernie Abrams, Michael Speyer, Barbara Whitman, Weissberger Theater Group (Jay Harris, Producer), Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Jean Cheever, Clear Channel Entertainment and Harvey Weinstein

 2005 Outstanding Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Jeffrey Lane

winner 2005 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Norbert Leo Butz

 2005 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Sherie Rene Scott

 2005 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Gregory Jbara

 2005 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Joanna Gleason

 2005 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Jerry Mitchell

 2005 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Harold Wheeler

 2005 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by David Yazbek

 2005 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by David Yazbek

Songs

music by David Yazbek; lyrics by David Yazbek

ACT 1 Sung By
OvertureOrchestra and Ensemble
Give Them What They WantLawrence Jameson, Andre Thibault and Ensemble
What Was a Woman to Do?Muriel Eubanks and Women
Great Big StuffFreddy Benson and Ensemble
Chimp in a SuitAndre Thibault
Oklahoma?Jolene Oakes, Lawrence Jameson and Ensemble
All About RuprechtLawrence Jameson, Ruprecht and Jolene Oakes
What Was a Woman to Do? (Reprise) Muriel Eubanks
Here I AmChristine Colgate and Ensemble
Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be TrueChristine Colgate and Freddy Benson
The Miracle (Act I Finale)Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Entr'acteOrchestra and Ensemble
Rüffhousin' mit ShüffhausenFreddy Benson, Christine Colgate and Dr. Shüffhausen
Like Zis/Like ZatAndre Thibault and Muriel Eubanks
The More We DanceLawrence Jameson, Christine Colgate and Ensemble
Love Is My LegsFreddy Benson, Christine Colgate and Ensemble
Love Sneaks InLawrence Jameson
Like Zis/Like Zat (Reprise) Muriel Eubanks
Son of Great Big StuffFreddy Benson and Christine Colgate
The ReckoningLawrence Jameson, Freddy Benson and Andre Thibault
Dirty Rotten NumberLawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson
FinaleCompany

Reviews


AP: "'Scoundrels' Reasonably Entertains"

Two con-man musicals on Broadway? Who would have thought that Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, those theatrical scamps who bilk little old ladies in "The Producers," would be joined by Freddy Benson and Lawrence Jameson, a couple of scam artists working the French Riviera in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

These new boys on the block are not quite in the same league as Max and Leo, but their shenanigans make for a reasonably entertaining time at the Imperial Theatre, where "Scoundrels" opened Thursday.

The show seems to have all the right ingredients: the steady hand of director Jack O'Brien, who worked wonders on "Hairspray"; several good tunes by composer David Yazbek of "Full Monty" fame; a steady supply of gags by book writer Jeffrey Lane; and, most notably, an exceptionally talented cast that includes John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott.

Yet "Scoundrels" never quite hits the giddy heights its predecessor climbed to with ease, and while it works very hard to do so, the effort shows.

The problem seems to lie with the uneven story, which is based on the .I 988 movie starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. This stage version has a stop-and-go personality, telling several different tales of deception that interrupt each other and don't build to a satisfying conclusion.

That's not to say you won't have a good time, particularly when Butz is careering around the stage as Freddy, an obnoxious, slightly gone-to-seed elf.

Butz is a natural musical-comedy star, a genuine song-and-dance man, who knows how to fill the stage all by himself. And Yazbek gives him several juicy numbers in which he can shamelessly take over the show, particularly one song in which Freddy greedily imagines aLl the "Great Big Stuff" his capers will help him acquire.

In that modified rap, you get Yazbek's most persistent attempt at rigorous rhyming - somehow managing to link "Bahamas," "paisley silk pajamas" and "Lorenzo Lamas."

Lithgow's Lawrence, a fussy, preening aristocrat, is equally accomplished. The actor is a debonair, commanding fellow, and if his singing voice is more serviceable than sweet, no matter. He has charm to spare.

The two men work well together as a kind of Mutt-and-Jeff duo of crime. What these guys specialize in is separating wealthy women from their money, and Lane's meandering book focuses on three such ladies.

One is an Oklahoma oil heiress, played with twangy panache by Sara Gettelfinger. Her leggy presence gives talented choreographer Jerry Mitchell one of the show's few chances to cut loose with dancing, a spirited hoedown for her and a fine crew of two-steppers. Unfortunately, Gettelfinger's character disappears before the end of Act 1.

Number two is a wealthy woman from Omaha, portrayed with self-deprecating wit by the wonderful Joanna Gleason. The character gets sidetracked into a romance with a French police chief (Gregory Jbara), an affair that slows down the evening, despite Gleason's considerable panache.

Finally, there is the Cincinnati soap queen, Christine Colgate, portrayed by Scott with a divine ditsiness and vulnerability that recall the legendary Judy Holliday. Christine becomes a bet between the two crooks – which one of them can bilk $50,000 out of her?

Freddy pretends to be a wheelchair-bound soldier; Lawrence impersonates a Teutonic doctor determined to cure the soldier's paralysis. And, of course, both men fall in love with the appealing young woman.

The budding romance between Freddy and Christine provides the evening's best musical moment: "Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be True," a facetious salute to all those dippy love songs that no bonafide musical can do without.

The action is played out in front of designer David Rockwell's postcard-thin settings, surprisingly mundane recreations of what should be a glamorous environment of gambling casinos, opulent hotel lobbies and Mediterranean beach front.

In the end, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is a mixed bag of a musical, but there's enough to be savored (especially that terrific cast), so you won't feel taken.


AP
03/03/2005

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Imperial Theatre

(3/3/2005 - 9/3/2006)
Company Manager: Bruce Kagel.

Conducted by Timothy J. Alex; Trumpet: Jim Hynes, John Reid; Trombone: Ralph J. Kelley; Keyboards: Marco Paguia.

Cast

Lucie Arnaz
Muriel Eubanks (May 23, 2006 - Sep 3, 2006)
Jacqueline Bayne
Ensemble
Keith Carradine
Lawrence Jameson (Jul 21, 2006 - Sep 3, 2006)
Rachel deBenedet
Lenore
Rene
Muriel Eubanks (May 2, 2006 - May 21, 2006)
Will Erat
Ensemble
Tom Galantich
Hotel Manager
Nikos
Sara Gettelfinger
Jolene Oakes (May 2, 2006 - Sep 3, 2006)
Joan Hess
Ensemble
Sophia
Mylinda Hull
Jolene Oakes (Jan 17, 2006 - Apr 30, 2006)
Brian d'Arcy James
Freddy Benson (Jul 21, 2006 - Sep 3, 2006)
Richard Kind
Andre Thibault (Aug 3, 2006 - Sep 3, 2006)
Jonathan Pryce
Lawrence Jameson (Jan 17, 2006 - Jul 16, 2006)
Chuck Saculla
Ensemble
Sherie Rene Scott
Christine Colgate (Jun 20, 2006 - Sep 3, 2006)
Timothy Edward Smith
Dennis Stowe
Ensemble
Matt Wall
Ensemble
Rachel York
Christine Colgate (Feb 5, 2006 - Jun 19, 2006)




Standbys: Dennis Parlato (Lawrence Jameson).

Understudies: Timothy J. Alex (Andre Thibault, Freddy Benson), Jacqueline Bayne (Christine Colgate), Paula Leggett Chase (Muriel Eubanks), Julie Connors (Christine Colgate), Rachel deBenedet (Muriel Eubanks), Joan Hess (Christine Colgate, Muriel Eubanks), Dennis Parlato (Andre Thibault).


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