Stolen Laughter

The National Tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels arrives in Columbus for its run at the Ohio Theatre from October 24 through the 29th.  The story focuses on two con artists scamming their way along the French Riviera, taking advantage of the rich and famous. The suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson makes his luxurious living by schmoozing rich dames out of their wealth.  Freddy Benson is a small-time criminal choosing to dupe his women by fabricating stories about his grandmother's failing health and garnering their sympathy.

Jameson and Benson meet on a train and attempt to work together, mostly with disastrous results.  As the cons try to outcon each other, the musical takes some hilarious twists and turns, leaving the audience anxious with anticipation.

Jeffrey Lane who wrote the book that the Tony Award nominated musical is based on notes that he decided to turn the film into a musical because of his penchant for conmen.  “I've always been fascinated by conmen and the idea of a conman who has to understand what's in another person's heart but can never show who he really is,” says Lane.  “A conman reflects back a person's dream and that's how he makes his living.”

If you liked the hilarious musical The Full Monty (also based on a film), then you will also love Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from the same creators David Yazbek (music and lyrics), Jack O’Brien (direction) and Jerry Mitchell (choreography).

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