Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – what a song and dance

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre. Picture: Roy Tan

Musical Theatre Review’s Paul Vale had to ‘work’ for his press ticket to a special Dirty Rotten Scoundrels media night at the Savoy Theatre.

You have to hand it to the team at Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, they certainly know how to make the press work hard for their complimentary ticket. A digital press night took place earlier this week at the Savoy Theatre, where the musical by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbeck is playing to capacity crowds. The invitation was sent out to theatre bloggers, not only to attend the show, but to also get the opportunity to learn one of the dance routines with members of the cast.

Gathering in the Mezzanine Bar of the Savoy Theatre, it soon became obvious that theatre blogging in the UK appears to be primarily a female pre-occupation. Either that, or the chance of dancing cheek-to-cheek with Robert Lindsay or Rufus Hound failed to engage most of the male theatre bloggers. For whatever the reason, before long we were being invited to the auditorium where the dance captain was preparing to whisk us onto the stage and take the group through a couple of the routines.

The event was a hit and it was great to see several of the bloggers pull off the difficult ‘hat-flip-to-the-foot’ move that threads throughout Jerry Mitchell’s choreography during the musical. In fact, this was a night when one of the leading men fluffed the move more times than he got it right!

This said, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a real old-fashioned crowd pleaser. It looks pretty – Peter McKintosh’s soaring deco set designs for Beaumont-Sur-Mer are stunning; it’s funny – David Yazbek’s lyrics are a hoot; and Lindsay and Hound are remarkably good value. It also delivers an engaging storyline with a less than saccharine ending.

It’s also interesting to note that since the musical opened in April and is booking until March 2015, it will have run longer than Stephen Ward, From Here to Eternity and I Can’t Sing! combined.

Readers may also be interested in:

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Savoy Theatre – Review

www.scoundrelswestend.com

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