Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a Broadway musical, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane; it is based on the 1988 film of the same name. The musical ran on Broadway in 2005 and has also had multiple tours in North America.

The musical premiered in San Diego, California on September 22, 2004, before moving to Broadway in January 2005 and officially opening in March at the Imperial Theatre. The show closed on Broadway on September 3, 2006 with a total of 626 performances. The director was Jack O'Brien, choreographer was Jerry Mitchell, scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg carves, and lighting design was by Kenneth Posner. The cast included John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, and Sherie Rene Scott, with Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara.

The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Original Broadway Cast Recording CD was recorded on March 14, 2005 at Right Track Studio in New York City and was released on May 10, 2005 by Ghostlight Records (an imprint of Sh-K-Boom Records).

A North American national Equity tour launched on August 4, 2006 with Norbert Leo Butz reprising his role as Freddy, alongside Tom Hewitt as Lawrence. The Equity tour ended on August 19, 2007. The 25-city non-Equity tour of the show, with Jamie Jackson as Lawrence and Doug Thompson as Freddy, debuted September 25, 2007 in Dayton, Ohio, with its final performance on March 23, 2008, in Memphis, Tennessee. International productions have opened in Tokyo, Mexico City, Madrid, Stuttgart, Seoul, Oslo, Stockholm, Tampere and productions are planned for Copenhagen, Reykjavik, and London.

For the first national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the number "Give Them What They Want" was replaced with (according to Yazbek) a more suitable opening number, "The Only Game in Town".

The line in "Give Them What They Want" which mentions David Niven is a reference to Niven's starring role as Laurence Jameson in the original film Bedtime Story.

The original cast:

John Lithgow as Lawrence Jameson
Sherie Rene Scott as Christine Colgate
Joanna Gleason as Muriel Eubanks
Norbert Leo Butz as Freddy Benson
Sara Gettelfinger as Jolene Oakes
Gregory Jbara as Inspector Andre

 

Replacements:

Jonathan Pryce replaced John Lithgow as Lawrence Jameson on January 17, 2006
Mylinda Hull replaced Sara Gettelfinger as Jolene Oakes on January 17, 2006
Rachel York replaced Sherie Rene Scott as Christine Colgate on February 7, 2006
Julie Connors filled in for Jolene Oakes from April 25, 2006 - April 30, 2006
Sara Gettelfinger returned to the role of Jolene Oakes on May 2, 2006
Rachel deBenedet filled in for Muriel Eubanks from May 2, 2006 - May 21, 2006
Lucie Arnaz replaced Joanna Gleason as Muriel Eubanks on May 23, 2006
Sherie Rene Scott returned to the role of Christine Colgate on June 20, 2006
Julie Connors filled in for Jolene Oakes from June 20, 2006 - June 24, 2006
Dennis Parlato filled in for Lawrence Jameson from July 18, 2006 - July 20, 2006
Timothy J. Alex filled in for Freddy Benson from July 18, 2006 - July 20, 2006
Keith Carradine replaced Jonathan Pryce as Lawrence Jameson on July 21, 2006
Brian d'Arcy James replaced Norbert Leo Butz as Freddy Benson on July 21, 2006
Dennis Parlato filled in for Andre from July 25, 2006 - August 3, 2006
Julie Connors filled in for Christine Colgate from July 25, 2006 - August 4, 2006
Richard Kind replaced Gregory Jbara as Andre on August 4, 2006
Rachel deBenedet filled in for Muriel Eubanks from August 5, 2006- August 31, 2006
Lucie Arnaz returned to the role of Muriel Eubanks on September 1, 2006

Awards

The show received 10 Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Book Original Score, Leading Actor (Lithgow, Butz), Leading Actress (Scott), Featured Actress (Gleason), Lighting, Direction, Choreography and Orchestrations.  Norbert Leo Butz won for Leading Actor in a Musical.

The show received 10 Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Musical, Book, Actor (Butz), Actress (Scott), Featured Actor (Jbara), Featured Actress (Gleason), Choreography, Orchestrations, Music and Lyrics.  Norbert Leo Butz won for Actor.