'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' Jonathan Pryce to join cast

Tony Award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce will star in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, beginning the 17 Jan 2006.

Mr. Pryce, who will make his first Broadway appearance in nearly 15 years, will succeed John Lithgow as the debonair con man 'Lawrence Jameson.' Mr. Lithgow's final performance will be on the 15 Jan 2006.

Producer Marty Bell noted, "Jonathan Pryce is one of the most talented and versatile leading men on stage and screen. We are thrilled to be welcoming him back to Broadway after almost 15 years. This con is a pro!"

Jonathan Pryce won the Tony Award for his starring role as the 'Engineer' in the musical Miss Saigon. For his Broadway debut in Comedians (1977), he received the Tony Award and Theatre World Award (outstanding Broadway debut). He also appeared on Broadway in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, with Patti LuPone. Mr. Pryce performed numerous roles as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1978-1987). He received his first Olivier Award for the 1980 RSC production of Hamlet.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened on the 3 Mar 2005, following previews from 31 Jan, and his booking to the 7 May 2005 at the Imperial Theatre.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has book by Jeffrey Lane, with music & lyrics by David Yazbek, and stars John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott, Joanna Gleason, 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 isn�t 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.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was nominated for 11 Tony's. It was also nominated for 6 Outer Critics Circle awards - of which it won one: Norbert Leo Butz won Outstanding Actor in a Musical. It was also nominated for 10 Drama Desk Awards - of which it won one: again by Norbert Leo Butz for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

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