The National Tour of the scamming, scheming, double-crossing hit Broadway musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, marks its Southeast Texas premiere at Lutcher Theater on Friday, March 14 at 7:30pm.
Based on the popular 1988  MGM  film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  centers on two con men living  o n the French Riviera  – the  suave and 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 t hey  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 nothing may ever be exactly what it seems.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened on Broadway in March 2005 to rave reviews.  Clive Barnes (New York Post) raved, “A knockout punch to Broadway’s funnybone! One of the liveliest, funniest, best-performed musicals in years.  Super-smart and superior in every way.”  And Terry Teachout (The Wall Street Journal) proclaimed, “I know funny when I see it, and this show is a perfect hoot!  A big hit.” Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was awarded 11 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.  The musical had its world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in September 2004.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features the music and lyrics of David Yazbek (The Full Monty) with direction by Philip Wm. McKinley, choreography by Vince Pesce, and a book by Jeffrey Lane. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is produced by Scoundrels on Tour, LLC and 2Luck Concepts.
This production contains some adult language.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is funded in part by the City of Orange, Entergy, H.E.B., and the Texas Commission on the Arts through the Southeast Texas Arts Council.
Tickets are $55.00, $45.00, and $35.00. To purchase tickets, log on to, call 745-5535 (Golden Triangle) or 1-800-828-5535 (Louisiana), or stop by the box office at 707 Main, Orange, Texas.