Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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Based on the 1988 film, the musical-comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the work of composer David Yazbek, the bright talent behind The Full Monty. It's been honored with eleven 2005 Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in aSee more details below

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Based on the 1988 film, the musical-comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the work of composer David Yazbek, the bright talent behind The Full Monty. It's been honored with eleven 2005 Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestrations. The original cast recording is guaranteed steal your heart.

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
For years, Hollywood made a habit out of turning Broadway musicals into films, so it probably shouldn't be too surprising that the tables have turned: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a 1988 feature, became a Broadway musical in 2004. Like the movie, the musical follows the exploits of two con men, one smooth and debonair, John Lithgow, and the other, Norbert Leo Butz, simply small potatoes. Of course, since it's a musical now, a soundtrack had to be added, and David Yazbek wrote both the melodies and the lyrics. Ghostlight's original Broadway cast recording features both Lithgow and Butz along with Sherie René Scott, Joanna Gleason, Gregory Jbara, and a number of others singing lots of bouncy bright show tunes. In a way, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' music and lyrics ("Give Them What They Want" and "Great Big Stuff"), save for a few four-letter words here and there, seems very traditional. Yazbek enjoys wordplay and puns, reminding one a bit of Cole Porter, and has a knack for writing tuneful, memorable melodies like the other purveyors of the classic songbook. Even the music itself on songs like "Here I Am," filled with piano, brass, and the vocal backing of the ensemble, qualifies as a bit old-fashioned. While these aspects might not please the avant-garde, this approach, along with good performances by all involved, are real crowd-pleasers, and make Dirty Rotten Scoundrels easy to listen to over and over.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2005
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558440621
catalogNumber:
84406
Rank:
56060

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Tracks

  1. Overture
  2. Give Them What They Want
  3. What Was a Woman to Do
  4. Great Big Stuff
  5. Chimp in a Suit
  6. Oklahoma?
  7. All About Ruprecht
  8. Here I Am
  9. Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be True
  10. The Miracle
  11. Rüffhousin' mit Shüffhausen
  12. Like Zis/Like Zat
  13. The More We Dance
  14. Love Is My Legs
  15. Love Sneaks In
  16. Son of Great Big Stuff
  17. A Message from John Lithgow
  18. The Reckoning
  19. Dirty Rotten Number
  20. Finale
  21. Here I Am (David Yazbek Original Demo)
  22. All About Ruprecht (David Yazbek Original Demo) [*
  23. Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be True (Sherie Rene

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Stahl   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Lithgow   Vocals,cast
Hollis "Bud" Burridge   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sarah Carter   Cello
Bill Charlap   Piano
Greg Graham   Ensemble
Howard Joines   Percussion
Andrew Sterman   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
David Yazbek   Vocals
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Antoine Silverman   Concert Master
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Gregory Jbara   Vocals,cast
Jan Rosenberg   Keyboards
Theresa MacDonnell   French Horn
Dan Willis   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mark Thrasher   Clarinet,Flute,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Dean Sharenow   Drums
Sherie René Scott   Piano,Vocals,cast
Joe Cassidy   Ensemble
Dan Lipton   Piano,Keyboards
Laura Marie Duncan   Ensemble
Joanna Gleason   Vocals,cast
Fredrik Lassen   Conductor
Jason Gillman   Ensemble
Michael Nicholas   Violin,Viola
Roxane Barlow   Ensemble
Michael Boschen   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Michael Paternostro   Ensemble
Anja Wood   Cello
Rachel Debenedet   Ensemble
Sara Gettelfinger   Vocals,cast
Mike DuClos   Bass
Norbert Leo Butz   Vocals,cast
Claire Chan   Violin,Viola
Grasan Kingsberry   Ensemble
Julie Connors   Ensemble
Timothy J. Alex   Ensemble
Andres Asnes   Ensemble
Stephen Campanella   Ensemble
Erik Dellapenna   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Sally Mae Dunn   Ensemble
Tom Galantich   Ensemble
Amy Heggins   Ensemble
Jim Hyne   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn
Rachelle Rak   Ensemble
Dirty Rotten Ensemble   Vocal Ensemble
Dirty Rotten Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Fred Lassen   Conductor

Technical Credits

Marty Bell   Executive Producer
Joel Moss   Engineer,Engineering
Billy Straus   Producer,Audio Production
Harold Wheeler   Orchestration
David Yazbek   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Corin Nelsen   Mastering
Ted Sperling   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Music Direction
Jan Folkson   Engineer,Digital Editing,Engineering
Kurt Deutsch   Executive Producer
David H. Cowles   Illustrations
Peter Marks   Liner Notes
Aldo Scrofani   Executive Producer
Corin Nelson   Mastering
Matthew Lambert   Company Manager
Dina Steinberg   Assistant Management

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