Director: Jerry Mitchell
Composer: David Yazbek
Book: Jeffrey Lane
Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald
The unlikely meeting of minds between two conmen is the premise for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The musical, adapted from the 1988 motion picture of the same name, has arrived in Edinburgh on its UK tour.
Lawrence Jameson (Michael Praed) is a charismatic conman at the top of his game, living the high life until young Freddy Benson (Noel Sullivan) looks to take over Lawrence’s turf. Chaos is quick to follow as these two minds compete not only for money but for love.
The glitz and glamour of the production is clear from the outset, with stunning sets and costumes that would rival a certain Saturday night dance show. The set changes are smooth and silent and technically the show is a triumphant mixture of engineering and design, a real feast for the eyes.
The cast is ably led by Praed and Sullivan, who carry the show with charm. Their vocals are impressive with a largely unforgettable score to work with however, the musical numbers are more accessory than staple part of the production but are jovial and quaint so are far from a chore to listen to.The supporting cast gives less to write about, with no real standouts although they drive the drama along without letting pace or energy drop.
A musical that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is an easy watch that entertains. Although Act 1 seems a tad mismatched, it is brought to a suitable end in its second Act.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is an enjoyable piece with little substance but a lot of class. It is certainly worth seeing on its run in Edinburgh.
Runs until September 19, 2015