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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

John Lithgow , Norbert Leo Butz , Sherie Renee Scott , David Yazbek Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: David Yazbek
  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Ghostlight Records
  • ASIN: B000929AB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Give Them What They Want
3. What Was A Woman To Do
4. Great Big Stuff
5. Chimp In A Suit
6. Oklahoma?
7. All About Ruprecht
8. Here I Am
9. Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True
10. The Miracle
11. Ruffhousin' Mit Shuffhausen
12. Like Zis/Like Zat
13. The More We Dance
14. Love My Legs
15. Love Sneaks In
16. Son of Great Big Stuff
17. A Message From John Lithgow
18. The Reckoning
19. Dirty Rotten Number
20. Finale
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With this giddily entertaining show, David Yazbek confirms that The Full Monty wasn't a fluke--few on Broadway can equal his melodic verve and lyrical cleverness. Based on the 1988 movie of the same name, the show deals with a pair of con artists swindling rich women on the French Riviera. Lithgow brings debonair charm to the Michael Caine part, while Norbert Leo Butz (Wicked) proves to be a comic dynamo in the Steve Martin part. And Yazbek provides them with an array of catchy tunes (adorned in beautiful Bacharach-style arrangements by Harold Wheeler). Butz goes ballistic on the hilarious "Great Big Stuff," which demolishes conspicuous consumption, then pairs up with feisty leading lady Sherie Rene Scott on "Love Is My Legs," a wicked sendup of Celine Dion­style torch epics. Meanwhile, Lightgow nails the tender ballad "Love Sneaks In." A delicious jazz reprise of "Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be True" by Scott and pianist Bill Charlap shows that Yazbek's songs don't need flashy pizzazz to be memorable. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Soundtrack (2005 Original Broadway Cast)

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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Catchy and Pure Fun and Wit. May 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It is quite something when a great stage show can transfer well to a recording and still retain it's charm. But when that happens, it is magical.

Happily, this is the case with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

The stage show is pure, fun old-fashioned musical comedy, but with modern style, pizazz and kicks. Jack O'Brian has done some of his best work in directing this marvelous show and Jeffrey Lane did a fantastic job developing the movie into a smart, fast-paced, fun show.

But, the real acheivement, that really shines on this recording, is the uber-catchy, uber-funny and uber-witty score by David Yazbek. Yazbek, a Hollywood veteran, had a hit on Broadway in 2001 with his first stage show, a musical version of The Full Monty. The show had a healthy run and was well-recieved, if a bit over-shadowed that year by The Producers, which dominated the press, the public and the Tonys. But the score to The Full Monty was full of zaniness and wacky intelligence, and with it, luckuly for us, Yazbek caught the Broadway bug.

His score to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is full of some of the most intelligent and down-right wittiest, and catchiest (Man, are these tunes catchy!) tunes to hit Broadway in some years.

Showstopper after showstopper. And, most important in a Broadway Cast Recording, the "re-listenable factor" is through the roof. Yazbek can be hysterically vulgar one lyric and then go into "Cole Porter mode" the next.

His lyrical genius can asily be observed in any of the songs. But the greatest asset is that his wit doesn't prevent him from being very funnily inane the next minute. ("Magic can happen anywhere/I knew this guy at camp/Who ate his t-shirt on a dare/My hotel gives away free shampoo/Nothing is too wonderful to be true").
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, score! June 5, 2005
By AJK
Format:Audio CD
The show is absolutely terrific & the songs get better and better with each listening. At first, I felt Mr. Yazbek's score for "The Full Monty" was better, but have changed my mind after listening to to this cd a few times.

There are many great tracks, but standouts include:

Give Them What They Want
What Was A Woman To Do
Great Big Stuff
All About Ruprecht [hysterical!]
Here I Am
Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True
Love Is My Legs
Dirty Rotten Number

Overall, I think "Spamalot" was a better show, but "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" cast recording is a better repeat listen!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! May 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I made a vow to myself that, after a less-than-shining experience not long ago, I would never again see a Broadway musical without first being familiar with the show's music. However, while recently in NYC I gave in to temptation and caught a performance of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". I was already a fan of the movie and absolutely couldn't resist the idea of seeing several of my Broadway idols in the flesh. So, I was hesitant but hopeful.

Yet from the first moment the overture began, I was transported. The mood of the piece is immediately set, and you are swept up in the intrigue and underhanded dealings of our loveable scoundrels. I was delighted from the start. The performances are all utterly top-notch. Lithgow is simply a marvel, and it's such a treat to see him here, I was literally awestruck at his first appearance on the stage. His "Love Sneaks In" is definitely one to pull on the old heart strings. Sherie Renee Scott has always been one of my favorite Broadway singers...her voice is simply unreal for its crystal quality and clear belt, not to mention her ability to carefully and tenderly interpret lyrics (every time I hear her exclaim "These fries are French!" I laugh). Joanna Gleason is a legend. She's got such ease and charm, it's a pleasure to watch and even more so to hear her.

Of course, he who truly runs off with the production is none other than Norbert Leo Butz. The rumors are true: He's incredible. I've always loved his gorgeous voice, from "The Last Five Years" to "Wicked" to this production. He doesn't get the opportunity to play the swooning love interest like the previous two productions, but the lushness and depth of his voice still shines through. And his miraculous range as a performer is astounding both in person and on this soundtrack.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Really great big stuff!" December 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD after the Tonys came out, along with all the other nominees. After a certain amount of disappointment over SPELLING BEE and LIGHT ON THE PIAZZA, I left this CD on the counter for months. I finally opened it a few days ago....and CANNOT stop listening to it!!! Wonderful performances, (especially by Sheree Renee Scott and Joanna Gleason in terms of vocals, but the men are really funny), hilarious lyrics (the song about brother Ruprecht is a scream), and even one song that - in an added track at the very end - Scott proves could become a cabaret or jazz standard. I have heard repeatedly that the CD cannot do full justice to the live performance, and I am sure that this is true. However, as one reviewer put it, the "relistenability factor" is proof of this CD's success. How rarely one comes across that in a musical comedy CD anymore. I'm saving my pennies to get to NYC as soon as possible to see the show.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny But Forgettable
I enjoyed the movie DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. I also really like John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz as performers. Read more
Published 7 months ago by tvtv3
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great music, incredible show. I listen quite often during work and to relax. I exercise to this, walk, and work with this music
Published 10 months ago by bwolz
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the show recording...
I bought the $.99 single song "Here I Am," and it is NOT the version from the show! It is some guy singing it with piano accompaniment, not Sherie Renee Scott. Read more
Published 12 months ago by AMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun score, risque and not for kids
I Chose 4 stars because although most of the music is fun, there is some repetition, and much of the comedy written in the lyrics is "I can't believe they said" that rather... Read more
Published 19 months ago by James R. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Showtime
I was in this show and listening to it really helped me. Even after it's over I'm still listening to it and singing along.
Published 20 months ago by krissy girl
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
sounds great will be trying out for this play and it will be very helpfull
Published on October 4, 2010 by James A. Rhodes
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SHOW!!
I love this musical! It is fun and clever, has great music, and most importantly, great singing. I love Norbert Leo Butz and Sheri Rene Scott--reunited again after Last Five... Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars Not like seeing the show live, but a great soundtrack
I had the pleasure of seeing this show in San Diego, CA before it went to Broadway. I loved the show. Read more
Published on February 17, 2010 by William Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - A Broadway Gem
Listening to this recording is a pleasure. David Yazbek's stimulating music and witty lyrics in this show are so well crafted as to remind one of the greatest of... Read more
Published on December 19, 2009 by Terry Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars a superb show substitute
Saw this show twice. Listening to it is just like being there. The soundtrack is hilarious. The sight gags even funnier. Norbet Leo Butz, the best! Very enjoyable. Read more
Published on November 5, 2009 by Gin-ja
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