DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS A musical in 2 acts: Book by Jeffrey Lane; Music & lyrics by David Yazber; based on the film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels written by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning Imperial Theatre, New York - 3 March, 2005 Based on the popular 1988 film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centres on two con men living on the French Riviera. The first is the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other, a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, 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. 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! Original Cast JOHN LITHGOW: Lawrence Jameson NORBERT LEO BUTZ: Freddy Benson SHERIE RENE SCOTT: Christine Colgate JOANNA GLEASON: Muriel Eubanks GREGORY JBARA: Andre Thibault SARA GETTELFINGER: Jolene Oakes Ensemble: Timothy J. Alex. Andrew Asnes. Roxane Barlow. Stephen Campanella, Joe Cassidy. Julie Connors. Rachel de Bonedet. Laura Marie Duncan, Sally Mae Dunn, Tom Galantich. Jason Gillman, Greg Graham, Amy Heggins, Grasan Kingsberry. Michael Paternostro. Rachelle Pak SYNOPSIS SUMMER IN BEAUMONT SUR MER, a glamorous resort on the French Riviera. The season is just beginning for the town's leading citizen. Lawrence Jameson, a debonair British con artist posing as the deposed Prince of a fictional country. Targeting wealthy women who are all too happy to finance the Prince's mission to regain his throne. Lawrence sees it as a fair exchange for the fantasies of adventure and romance he has to offer. Lawrence learns that his idyllic domain has been invaded by a clever young American con artist nicknamed 'The Jackal'. Returning from a banking trip to Switzerland, he comes face to face with his so-called competition in the person of Freddy Benson, a small-time grifter passing himself off as a selfless Red Cross worker trying to raise funds to help his ailing grandmother. Posing as a shy dentist, Lawrence befriends Freddy, who is all too happy to offer him his insights into the mysteries of women, while in the background. Lawrence's latest conquest Muriel Eubanks, leads a paean to the Princes charms. Back on the train, Lawrence makes quick work of Freddy, sending him on a fool's errand into the Straits of Gibraltar and bids him farewell. Through a chance encounter with Muriel, Freddy realises he has been duped and starts planning a little revolution of his own.