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Photos: New cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

November 24, 2014 

Production photos of the new cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre including Alex Gaumond, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot.

A new cast has joined the smash-hit musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre in London.

Alex Gaumond (Matilda, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde) has now joined the cast as conman Freddy Benson, alongside original leads, Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winning actor Robert Lindsay (Oliver!, My Family) as rival conmen Lawrence Jameson, and Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain) as Christine Colgate.

Bonnie Langford (Spamalot) as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot (The Pajama Game) as Andre Thibault have also joined the cast of this hit show, which leaves the Savoy in March 2015.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by the Golden Globe winner Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and set and costumes are by Peter McKintosh.

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Review of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

November 21, 2014 

Review of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

★★★★

A cast change at Jerry Mitchell’s sunny production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre prompts this review, and we’re pleased to report that it remains a thing of theatrical beauty.

Any one of a Cote d’Azur setting, dancing bellboys at a glamorous hotel or Katherine Kingsley in chiffon would probably suffice on its own. But add in a cast overflowing with talent, the slickest direction and choreography you are likely to see this side of the Atlantic and a show-stopping new cast member, and you have that rare thing, West End alchemy.

The said new cast member is Alex Gaumond. Not unfamous in the West End, he has been catching our eye for a while, from his star turn in Mitchell’s Legally Blonde, to step-in roles in We Will Rock You and Matilda.

He steps-in again in this show, this time following Rufus Hound as brash young American con-man Freddy Benson. And I defy anyone to find a more confident, joyous and accomplished performance in the West End as he is giving right now. Clearly relishing every last gag, Gaumond is a rare find – someone who sings divinely, moves and dances with skill, can play comedy that punches every single gag home, and delivers an easy charm that wins over pretty much everyone in the audience. If he doesn’t become one of the most successful stage stars of his generation then there’s something wrong (with everything).

Alex Gaumond and Robert Lindsay in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Alex Gaumond and Robert Lindsay in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Other new additions to the cast include Bonnie Langford as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot as Andrew Thibault, both having fun and delivering the required sparkle in champagne bucket loads.

Robert Lindsay remains as elder-statesman conman Lawrence Jameson, channelling Nathan Lane in The Producers as he cons a succession of dames out of their dough. He may often be playing Robert Lindsay playing suave, sophisticated and arrogant, but hey, no one can play Robert Lindsay like him.

He commands the show from the beginning to end and justly deserves the top billing, but it’s the sheer energy and will of his co-stars, including the joyful versatility of Katherine Kingsley, that make it all work – and sometimes saves him from himself.

In short, a succession of beautifully judged performances, from stars to ensemble, make this the happiest, snappiest and slickest musical comedy currently on the West End stage.

PAUL RAVEN

Urgent Note: With Gypsy coming in to the Savoy at the end of March, it may be your last chance to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the West End. Don’t blow it!

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Photo First Look: New Dirty Rotten Scoundrels poster

November 7, 2014 

Photo First Look: Alex Gaumond in new Dirty Rotten Scoundrels poster alongside Robert Lindsay, Katherine Kingsley, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot.

The producers of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre have released a new cast poster.

Alex Gaumond (Matilda, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde) joins the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as conman Freddy Benson from this Tuesday, 11 November 2014.

Alex joins an all-star cast including Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winning actor Robert Lindsay (Oliver!, My Family) as rival conmen Lawrence Jameson, Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain) as Christine Colgate, Bonnie Langford (Spamalot) as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot (The Pajama Game) as Andre Thibault.

Alex Gaumond and the lead cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Alex Gaumond and the lead cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by the Golden Globe winner Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and set and costumes are by Peter McKintosh.

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September 5, 2014 

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the smash-hit new musical comedy now playing at the Savoy Theatre in London.

This fabulous show features an all-star cast including Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), enjoy this exclusive offer on tickets, saving up to 48%.

Against the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera, this musical comedy centres on the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson (Robert Lindsay), whose world is set to come crashing down with the arrival of rival conman Freddy Benson (Rufus Hound). As the two go head-to-head to out-con each other and the affections of soap heiress Christine Colgate (Katherine Kingsley).

DON’T MISS THIS SPECTACULAR HIT MUSICAL COMEDY

★★★★★ “Stonking great hit” Sunday Telegraph

★★★★ “A masterclass in theatrical style ” Telegraph

★★★★ “A Savvy and sunny show” Evening Standard

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Robert Lindsay

September 1, 2014 

Musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Robert Lindsay, Alex Gaumond, Katherine Kingsley, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot.

Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winning actor Robert Lindsay (Oliver!, My Family) and acclaimed musicals actor Alex Gaumond (Matilda, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde) star as rival conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson in musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Now playing at the Savoy Theatre, this UK premiere of the hit musical is based on the 1988 movie starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

Lindsay and Gaumond are joined in the show by acclaimed actress Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain) as Christine Colgate, Bonnie Langford as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot as Andre Thibault.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by the Golden Globe winner Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and set and costumes are by Peter McKintosh.

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THE STORY

Against the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera, this musical comedy centres on the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson (Robert Lindsay), whose world is set to come crashing down with the arrival of rival conman Freddy Benson (Alex Gaumond). As the two go head-to-head to out-con each other and the affections of soap heiress Christine Colgate (Katherine Kingsley).

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “Stonking great hit” Telegraph
“A masterclass in how to put on a musical” Baz, Daily Mail
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The Evening Standard

Gay Theatre Movers and Shakers in the World Pride Power List 2014

July 2, 2014 

Which gay theatre people have made the Who’s Who of world power gays this year?

The World Pride Power List 2014, produced bu Square Peg Media, was published in the Guardian this Saturday, 28 June 2014.

The list of the 100 of the most influential gay people on the planet (well, mainly the UK and USA) was published in time for London’s Pride celebrations last weekend.

We’ve taken the list and shaken out the most influential people in theatre today to get a snapshot of who’s making waves, and who is missing from the list.

Cameron Mackintosh: Omitted!

Cameron Mackintosh: Omitted!

Theatre Omissions!

Our top shock is that Sir Cameron Mackintosh is nowhere to be seen, despite being one of the richest (worth over a billion pounds) and most successful (Miss Saigon, Phantom, Les Mis…) theatre producers and owners in the world. And he has recently announced that he is to name his fourth West End theatre after a prominent gay man (he has already renamed West End theatres after John Gielgud, Noel Coward and Ivor Novello, and plans to rename the Ambassadors Theatre after Stephen Sondheim).

It also seems insane that Jerry Mitchell is nowhere to be seen. Instrumental in creating the Broadway Bares charity event raising money for HIV and AIDS, and sister event West End Bares, the choreographer and theatre director is responsible for a succession of big hits including current West End show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, massive Broadway smash Kinky Boots, and past glories including Legally Blonde and Hairspray.

We also think that John Tiffany might have got a mention given that he has directed one of Broadway and the West End’s biggest current shows – ONCE The Musical, and has Let The Right One In playing at the Apollo. Kinky Boots’ Billy Porter, choreographer and dancer Chris Wheeldon and David Hallberg, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike writer Christopher Durang, Cinderella and The Little Dog Laughed writer Douglas Carter Beane, Buyer and Cellar writer Jonathan Tolins, Wicked director Joe Mantello, Broadway and movie actor Victor Garber, director and choreographer Rob Ashford, choreographer Matthew Bourne and musicals supremo Stephen Sondheim also seem like omissions.

But enough of our griping – here’s the list!

World Pride Power List 2014 – Theatre People

 

1. Stephen Fry, polymath and TV Presenter (overall World Pride Power List rank of 4)

Stephen Fry as Malvolio

Stephen Fry as Malvolio

The extraordinarily busy writer, presenter and actor has had a slightly chequered history with the stage. He was theatrically most famous for the show he didn’t quite make, leaving a production of Simon Gray’s Cell Mates one cast member down. But that is behind him and in the last few years he has mended bridges in the acting world by throwing himself in to a number of stage projects. The highlight has been his recent part as Malvolio in Mark Rylance’s production of Twelfth Night, which started at Shakespeare’s Globe, moved to the West End’s Apollo Theatre and ended on Broadway with Fry getting a Tony nomination for his performance. We hope more West End presence from Fry over the next year (even if the much gossiped-about production of The Importance of Being Earnest with him playing Lady Bracknell turned out to be red herring).

2. Sir Ian McKellen, actor (5)

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen

Lest we forget that Ian McKellen is a stage actor first and foremost, and a super-hero second, he has taken to the London and New York stages in recent years with fellow thespian Patrick Steward to play Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The pair added in Pinter’s No Man’s Land for good measure on Broadway – something we hope they will bring back to London. Rumours of more West End work remain just that at the moment, but we live in hope.

3. Elton John, musician (9)

The pop star still finds time within his hectic touring calendar to write the odd musical, with Disney’s The Lion King and Billy Elliot The Musical both still going strong in the West End. There’s no further news about his planned biopic Rocketman – a movie musical about his early life, through his film company Rocket Pictures, which could also make the move to the stage.

4. Jane Lynch, actor (12)

The Glee star added to her numerous theatre credits last year by playing Miss Hannigan in Annie on Broadway. Expect more stage work to follow.

5. Neil Patrick Harris, actor (29)

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Winner of this year’s Tony Award for Best actor in a musical for his extraordinary performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris has reminded us all that he doesn’t just present Tony Awards, he sometimes wins them. It is a relief that the How I Met Your Mother TV star has carved out some stage time, and even though he leaves Hedwig on 17 August, we hope more theatre projects follow. And if you get the chance, watch the DVD of him playing Bobby in Company – it shows you how great he can be.

6. Stella Duffy, writer and performer (38)

Theatremaker Stella Duffy continues to write, direct and perform for the stage including her performance work with Improbable and Spontaneous Combustion, and her play writing which includes The Book of Ruth (and Naomi) staged at the Bush in 2011 under Josie Rourke. She directed Murder, Marple and Me for the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh in 2012 and on a 2013 tour.

7. Zachary Quinto, actor, film producer (43)

Quinto may be most famous for movie roles including Star Trek, but his 2013 performance as Tom Wingfield in the American Repertory Theatre’s production of The Glass Menagerie, and subsequent Broadway transfer, proved a stage sensation. The show was nominated for 7 Tony Awards, and was directed by John Tiffany (see above!)

8. Russell Tovey, actor (46)

Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey

More driven by TV and film these days, it was great to see Tovey back on stage (albeit a tiny one) in John Donnelly’s The Pass at The Royal Court theatre upstairs last year, playing a gay premiere league footballer. Directed by John Tiffany (see above, again!), it’s a shame the play didn’t transfer to a larger theatre. That must primarily be due to his schedule, with current projects including new Jimmy McGovern drama Banished about British convicts in Australia in the 18th century.

9. Sophie Ward, actor (47)

Daughter of West End stalwart Simon Ward, Sophie has had a 40-year-long career in theatre and on screen. In 1996 she was one of the first mainstream female actors to come out as lesbian.

10. Craig Revel Horwood, TV personality (87)

It’s slightly ungenerous of the List people to bill Revel Horwood as a “TV personality” as it’s as a choreographer and director that he really shines. Despite a slightly odd cameo on Channel 4 musical doco The Sound of Musicals, where he swished in to Amy Anzel’s Happy Days Musical as director and then swished out again, Craig Revel Horwood has forged a major stage career alongside his Strictly Come Dancing duties. His musical revivals include Chess and Sunset Boulevard.

11. Cynthia Nixon, actor (90)

In a post-Sex and the City world, Cynthia Nixon has covered off numerous TV, movie and stage projects. Not least was her 2012 Tony nominated performance in Wit on Broadway and 2006 win for Rabbit Hole – a play that is being revived in London this year.

12. Jonathan Harvey, writer (92)

Jonathan Harvey may spend most of his time writing for Coronation Street, but he will also always be the man that wrote Beautiful Thing, possibly one of the greatest gay coming out stories ever written. The show celebrated its 20th anniversary last year with a production that starred Suranne Jones. With other credits including Pet Shop Boys musical Closer To Heaven, we would like to see him have another stab at a musical.

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World Pride Power List website
Guardian website

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels extends run at Savoy Theatre

May 16, 2014 

Hit musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre is extending its booking period.

The show will now book to 7 March 2015.

Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

The show garnered great reviews when it opened in April 2014 and the comedy caper is proving a big draw at the Savoy Theatre box office.

Based on the much-loved Michael Caine and Steve Martin movie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical is headlined by Olivier and Tony award winner Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Oliver!, My Family) and comedian Rufus Hound (Neville’s Island, One Man Two Guv’nors).

The two play conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson, who compete on the glamorous French Riviera for the riches and the heart of the young impressionable heiress, Christine Colgate (Katherine Kingsley – Singin’ in the Rain).

The show forms the first collaboration between Jerry Mitchell Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group, who own the Savoy Theatre.

Other featured cast in the show include John Marquez as Andre Thibault, Lizzy Connolly as Jolene, plus Gavin Alex, Darren Bennett, Niamh Bracken, Lisa Bridge, Darren Carnall, Andy Conaghan, Phoebe Coupe, Claire Doyle, Alice Fearn, Selina Hamilton, Ian Knauer, Lisa Mathieson, Zak Nemorin, Genevieve Nicole, Javier Santos, Todd Talbot, Dominic Tribuzio, Jon Tsouras and Zara Warren.

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Reviews Round-up: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

April 3, 2014 

Round-up of reviews of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre. Photo © Johan Persson

New musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has opened at the Savoy Theatre – and its a hit!

Starring Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond, the show is directed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

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Photos: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

April 2, 2014 

Production photos of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre. Photo © Johan Persson

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre. Photo © Johan Persson

New musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has opened at the Savoy Theatre – and its a hit!

Starring Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond, the show is directed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

 

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New Musical: Becoming Nancy The Musical directed by Jerry Mitchell

January 28, 2014 

Musicals director Jerry Mitchell told The Stage last week that he plans to produce and direct a new musical based on the book Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald.

Jerry Mitchell in rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Jerry Mitchell in rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

A gay coming-of-age tale set in 1970’s London, Becoming Nancy is about schoolboy David Starr who is cast as Nancy in a school production of Oliver! He subsequently falls for handsome school football team captain Maxie Boswell, confides in teacher Hamish McClarnon, and is supported by best friend Frances Bassey.

The musical would be part of his new Jerry Mitchell Productions company that he has formed in association with Ambassador Theatre Group.

Becoming Nancy was written by Terry Ronald, who was originally a pop star before becoming a well-known writer, lyricist and arranger for artists including Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue, The Wanted and Westlife. He is also a musicals writer and arranger, with West End credits including work on Rent Remixed, The Hurly Burly Show and co-writer of new Denise Van Outen one-woman play Some Girl I Used To Know.

The first project for Mitchell’s new company is musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Rufus Hound and Robert Lindsay.

Mitchell is also working on a new musical based on a album.

Jerry Mitchell is one of Broadway’s most respected directors, with recent work including last year’s big Tony winner Kinky Boots, which is on its way to the West End, and Legally Blonde The Musical.

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Amazon: Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald

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