Resident Theatre Company’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ to Open Friday Night


Resident Theatre Company’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will make its West Chester debut on Friday, March 29 at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.

Based on the popular 1988 film starring Steve Martin, the musical version follows the same hilarious storyline, but adds a Tony Award-nominated score by David Yazbek.

Scoundrels was nominated for a staggering 11 Tony Awards in all after it opened on Broadway in 2005.

RTC welcomes back two of the lead actors from the blockbuster hit that opened the company in 2017, Monty Python’s Spamalot. Mark Woodard, who played King Arthur, returns as suave ladies’ man Lawrence Jameson. Lukas Poost, Sir Robin in Spamalot, plays the part of Freddy Benson, who more humbly swindles women by exploiting their compassionate side.

Another RTC alum, Bailey Seeker, is back as Christine Colgate, after appearing in RTC’s Bullets Over Broadway last spring. The cast is packed with talent, including Lawrence’s quirky French assistant Andre Thibault played by Jonathan Hadley, who appeared on Broadway in Jersey Boys. Sarah Solie – whose Broadway credits include South Pacific, Mary Poppins, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, and Annie – plays Muriel Eubanks, an attractive American socialite. And Jolene Oakes, an overbearing heiress from Oklahoma, is played by Australia native Philippa Lynas.

The cast is completed by an ensemble of professional actors: Dana Orange, Nick Abbott, Dorian O’Brien, Josh Schwartz, Lily Myers, Alyssa Arcangeli, and Michelle Lemon.

Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell, RTC’s Founding Artistic Director, will direct, and Dann Dunn, who was last seen at RTC creating the choreography for Evita and Bullets Over Broadway, will choreograph the show. Mike Pacifico will music direct.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels runs from March 29 to April 14. Tickets are on sale now. Use the discount code VISTA20 to get 20 percent off on Thursday and Friday night shows (excluding opening night).

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