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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 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.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558440621
  • Catalog Number: 84406
  • Sales rank: 27,097

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, Guitar, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    See the show first...

    I saw this show about a month ago and bought the CD during intermission. David Yazbek's music is perfect in reflecting the tone of the show and his lyrics make me laugh everytime I listen to the CD. The voices are amazing- Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott and John Lithgow blow me away and Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara make a nice pair. Sara Gettlefinger is also good in a small role that shows off her great vocals. I would give this five stars if it were a CD that everyone could enjoy- even those who have not had the opportinuity to see the show. As the special track "A Message from John Lithgow" reminds us, the final three songs will ruin the surprise ending for those who haven't seen it. Also, the delightful song "All About Ruprecht" does not include most of the hilarity that it has onstage, so for those who were not able to see the song being performed live will not enjoy it as much as those who have. Overall, this is a great CD for musical theater fanatics who have seen the show. If you haven't, I would suggest seeing the show first before buying the CD. You'll enjoy many of the tracks more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally rockin!

    This is probably the best soundtrack I've bought in a while! It's just superb! It's so funny, witty, and the acting is just ...WOW. It's a must for any Broadway or music fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!

    As a Broadway lover--I must say this is a really good cast album of an amazing show. There is one song Oklahoma? that I don't care for...other than that it's wonderful. Norbert Leo Butz is fantastic and so talented. You'll love this OBCR!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was a BLAST, it was a BALL, and i loved it ALL!!

    I really enjoyed this soundtrack very much, it was a recommendation to buy this cd, so i did and i LOVE IT, the songs are hilarious. now i wanna see it on BROADWAY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure genius!

    Wow...I can't believe I'm actually owning this CD right now. It's AMAZING. The humor is witty, the acting is outstanding (especially Norbert Leo Butz), and the score is simply genius (as said above in the title). David Yazbek has written and scored a musical that instantly has won me over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blah!!!.. ZzZzZzZzZz.................

    I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I thought that this, like Mony Python's Spamalot, wasn't as good as I thought it would be. I thought the music was "Broadway cheese." I think this was the wrong musical adaptation of a movie to create for the Broadway stage. But other people tend to LOVE this show, so maybe I missed something when listening to it... I don't know. I'll listen to it again and see.

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