DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Closes Dramateurs 2015 Season

by Patricia Bradford

The Dramateurs will close their 2015 season with the musical DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, based on the 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. They 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 that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end.

The musical premiered in San Diego, California in September 2004 before moving to Broadway in January 2005 and opening at the Imperial Theatre, running for a total of 626 performances. The director was Jack O’Brien, choreographer was Jerry Mitchell. The cast included John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, and Sherie Rene Scott, with Joanna Gleason, Gregory Jbara, and Sara Gettelfinger. The production was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including best musical, best book and best score, winning one award for Best Actor for Norbert Leo Butz as Freddy Benson.

The Dramateurs’ production is directed by Steve DiNenno, with music direction by Barbara Newberry. Marianne DiNenno is the assistant director and producer. Tom Stumme provides choreography with costumes by Eileen Ciccarone. The cast features Mark Ayers as Lawrence, Jeff Hunsicker as Freddy and Nina Harper as Christine. Thom Harmon as Andre, Sue Murphy as Muriel, Meghan Chambers as Jolene and a cast of talented actors, singers and dancers round out the ensemble.

Peformances begin October 2 and continue through October 11. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 pm, Sunday performances at 2:00 pm, and Thursdays at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $19 with a $2 discount for seniors (63 and over) and juniors (12 and under). This production contains adult themes and language and may not be suitable for children under 12.

Reservations can be made online at www.barnplayhouse.org or (610) 539-BARN. More information is available at the theaters website.

Theater/Organization The Dramateurs, Inc. at the Barn Playhouse
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.barnplayhouse.org

Theater/Organization Address: 1700 Christopher Street Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania 19403 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (610) 539-2276

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