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Spectrum Community School - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on stage in Victoria

While Broadway musicals based on 1980s movies seem to be all the rage, not all have made the transition from screen to stage successfully. Such is not the case with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Musical).

Based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, the 2005 Broadway version is a hysterical romp that captures the whimsical humour of the movie and wraps it in an all new, jazzy, Tony nominated score by David Yazbek.

The plot revolves around two con artists who first butt heads, then team up, and ultimately compete for the cash and affection of American Soap Queen Christine Colgate. Lawrence runs a sophisticated con at a casino resort on the French Riviera. Posing as the wrongfully deposed prince of a tiny European nation, wealthy female tourists are persuaded by his charm and the thrill of adventure to finance his noble rebellion.

Freddy, a two-bit American hustler working the train circuit in the south of France, compels compassionate listeners to pick up his lunch tab by spinning yarns of woe about his ailing grandmother. When the two wager over who can first swindle $50,000 and a kiss out of Miss Colgate, both end up getting more than they bargained for.

With performance rights only recently made available, Spectrum Community School is excited to be the first to bring Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to any stage in Victoria. March 2-3 and 8-10 @ 7:30 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12/$10. Info: 250-479-8271.

Photo by Celina Lessard.