Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Jonathan Pryce & Norbert Leo Butz depart Keith Carradine and Brian d'Arcy James step in
Jonathan Pryce and Norbert Leo Butz make their final performance this evening (16 Jul 2006), in the Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
As previously announced they will be replaced by Keith Carradine and Brian d'Arcy James who step into their respective roles on the 20 Jul 2006. Keith Carradine will star as the suave con man Lawrence Jameson and Brian d'Arcy James will assume the role of grifter Freddy Benson
During the actors cross-over, the roles of Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson will be played by understudies.
Norbert Leo Butz, who won the 2005 Best Actor (Musical) Tony Award for his performance as Freddy Benson, will continue in the role when he stars in the national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which begins in Seattle in August 2006.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened at the Imperial Theatre on the 3 Mar 2005, following previews from 31 Jan, where it is currently booking to 23 Dec 2006.
Keith Carradine last appeared on Broadway in the title role of The Will Rogers Follies which opened on 1 May 1991. His other Broadway credits include Foxfire and Hair.
Brian d'Arcy James is currently playing Brendan in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. His other Broadway credits include The Sweet Smell of Success, Titanic, Carousel and Blood Brothers.
Has previously announced Richard Kind will assume the role of the Chief of Police con man Andre Thibault on the 3 Aug 2006. The role is currently played by Gregory Jbara who leaves the show on the 23 Jul 2006.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has book by Jeffrey Lane, with music & lyrics by David Yazbek, and stars Jonathan Pryce, Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz, Rachel York, Gregory Jbara and Sara Gettelfinger.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is set in the glamorous French Riviera where two con men meet and decide that the town isnï¿½t big enough for both of them. They agree to a contest: the first one to swindle $50,000 from a young female heiress wins and the other man must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues bringing out the best and the worst in both men.
The show received mostly Good to luke-warm notices from the popular press. Click Here to read Polly Wittenberg's review and what the papers said about the musical.
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