Sunday, July 10, 2011

Upcoming: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, State Theatre, August 17 - 28

Found on-line:

Georgetown Palace Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

at the State Theatre, 719 Congress Avenue (click for map)
August 17 - 28, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Following its hit run in Georgetown, the Georgetown Palace Theatre will remount its production of the Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for a two weekend staging at Austin's newly reopened State Theatre. The production runs August 18th through 28th.


Based on the 1988 movie of the same name and written by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning, the Broadway musical features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane. The story follows two competing con men living on the French Riviera.

After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together - only to find that the small French town isn't big enough for both of them. The duo settle on a winner-take-all wager over the fortunes of a naïve American soap heiress - the first one to "clean her out" can make the other clear out and keep the Riviera and its unsuspecting tourists to himself.

Palace Theatre production stars Joe Penrod, Andrew Cannata, Patty Rowell, Michelle Cheney and Rick Felkins will recreate their roles for the remounted production. Mary Ellen Butler will again direct, with musical direction by Cliff Butler and choreographed by Danny


Herman and Rocker Verastique.

Performances will run Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. A discounted preview will be offered on Thursday, August 17th.

Tickets will be available online, beginning the middle of July, by phone at (512) 474-1221, online at, and in person at the State Theater box office. The State Theatre is located at 713 Congress Avenue, next door to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin.

(Photos courtesy Palace Theatre, from top:
- Michelle Cheney
- Joe Penrod and Andrew Cannata)

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