Carson Center: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 9:11 pm
(Paducah, KY)– The National Tour of the scamming, scheming, double-crossing hit Broadway musical, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, is coming to Paducah to play two performances at the Carson Center, December 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, ranging from $30 to $50, go on sale Monday, October 27 at the Carson Center box office (270-450-4444), or online at www.thecarsoncenter.org. Discounts are available to 2008-09 Broadway Season Subscribers and groups of 20 or more. A 10% discount is available for students with valid identification.
Based on the popular 1988 MGM film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on 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 they 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. The New York Times’ Ben Brantley called it, “The most eagerly awaited new musical of the season.” 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 is proudly presented by Jam Theatricals (www.jamtheatricals.com) and the Carson Center as part of the 2008-09 Broadway Season in Paducah, sponsored by Computer Services Inc. and Western Baptist Hospital.
Subscriptions to the 2008-09 Broadway Season at the Carson Center in Paducah are on sale now. This year, the Carson Center offers a Seven Show Premiere Subscription Series, including all seven shows of the 2008-09 Broadway Season. A Five Show Classic Season is also offered, including DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, OLIVER, SWEENEY TODD, MAMMA MIA!, and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. Prices range from $155 to $355, depending on series and seating choice. STOMP and RIVERDANCE can be added to the Five Show package for an additional cost.
Subscriber benefits include guaranteed same great seats to all season shows, as well as the chance to renew those seats from year to year. Subscribers also receive ticket discounts to all shows and the first chance to purchase tickets to any added shows. Tickets are received by mail to avoid box office lines and lost ticket insurance is included at no charge.
For more information on subscription renewals or becoming a new subscriber to the 2008-09 Broadway Season, please visit the Carson Center box office or call 270-450-4444.