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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Soundtrack (2005 Original Broadway Cast)

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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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. Here I Am (Demo)
  22. All About Ruprecht (Demo)
  23. Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True

Product Details

  • 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 (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Theatre Fanatic on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MrsJenBardall on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven Valenti on June 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Musical comedies have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, and with "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," David Yazbek seems poised to be the preeminent composer of the style. His first musical score, for "The Full Monty" was fresh and witty, and this one is even more accomplished-- and funnier. His songs here are incredibly catchy and impressively varied. The screwball comedy plot (based on the 1988 movie) moves in a lot of directions, and it gives Yazbek a lot of opportunities to jump from one musical style to another. He shows a great sense of humor throughout, especially with his fantastic lyrics, which are among the best of any recent musical. Yazbek is great at clever rhymes and wordplay, and he also throws in a lot of topical references, as well as some enjoyable profanities and bawdy humor. In fact, he has even come up with the funniest and most unlikely lyric of the year: "Love is my legs and you are my love/ So you are my legs, my love." Just makes me laugh.

This recording also benefits from a great cast that proves very well-suited to Yazbek's music and lyrics. Playing a couple of con men and their potential target, John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, and Sherie Rene Scott give strong performances. Lithgow can do the kind of suave slimeball he plays here in his sleep, and he's predictably good. Butz and Scott are especially enjoyable, and are given songs that show off their strengths much better than the last time they teamed up, for "The Last 5 Years." The supporting cast-- Joanna Gleason, Gregory Jbara, and Sara Gettelfinger are perhaps underused, but Gleason's "What Was a Woman to Do" is a highlight. Other highlights include Butz's "Great Big Stuff," Scott's "Here I Am," and Lithgow's "Love Sneaks In.
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