'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ steals the spotlight
The scamming, scheming, double-crossing hit Broadway musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is coming to the Hill Country Community Theatre.
Based on the popular 1988 film of the same name, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” centers on two con men living on the French Riviera: the suave, 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 is as it seems. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” opened on Broadway in March 2005 to rave reviews and was awarded 11 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.
“This show is pure light-hearted fun,” said co-director Les Young, who is also the music director. “It’s clever one moment and a little bit naughty the next!” The show opens July 18 and runs through August 4 at the Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 FM 2147 in Cottonwood Shores. Performances are 7:30 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 2:15 PM on Sundays.
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at thehcct.org or by calling (830) 798-8944. Admission is $25 for adults and $12 for students with valid ID.
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