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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording
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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").Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Came across this when I searched for Norbert Leo Butz. So glad I did- I can listen to it over and overPublished 3 months ago by Linda N
I directed a local theater's production of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and this was very useful in my research for the production.Published 3 months ago by Mary K.
Great tunes with lyrics so clever. Every song is a winner and so funny. The Oklahoma song is a riot as is Rupreck (the DNA frays and unravels). Read morePublished 20 months ago by Raymond Skonce
I purchased this soundtrack as a reference recording for a theatrical production of the show I was performing in. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Evan F.
I enjoyed the movie DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. I also really like John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz as performers. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by tvtv3
Great music, incredible show. I listen quite often during work and to relax. I exercise to this, walk, and work with this musicPublished on November 23, 2013 by bwolz