Based on the popular 1988 MGM Frank Oz-directed film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, 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 a chance meeting, they discover that their 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 wins the territory and the other must leave town. What follows are a series of schemes, masquerades, and double-crosses in which nothing is exactly what it seems.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS opened on Broadway in March 2005 to rave reviews. 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 show features a book by Jeffrey Lane and music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty).
Tickets for DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS go on sale May 12th and are priced at $15. (Students under 18 are only $12.) Performances are Thursday thru Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM – from May 30 through June 14. For tickets and information call (269) 781-2700 or visit www.GreatEscapeStageCompany.com.
Great Escape is a small professional not-for-profit theatre located at 155 West Michigan Avenue (SE corner of Eagle St) in Historic Downtown Marshall.
Please be aware, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS contains adult humor.