Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Production Company. State Theatre (Vic). Director: Roger Hodgman. Musical Director: John Foreman. Choreographer: Dana Jolly

Melbourne’s eagerly awaited Australian premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels did not disappoint. Based on the film of the same name, the storyline was strong, which gave it an edge over lighter works performed by The Production Company.
The overture reminded one of James Bond and there were other musical references to Inspector Clouseau. Some of the songs were derivative “everyone sing along” types and others quite esoteric, though they usually fitted the situation. Despite having found the show thoroughly delightful and very funny, I found the occasional swear word and overt sexual gestures clashed with the sophisticated setting. 
The production was very slick and kept a cracking pace, though there were many appropriate pauses to allow the audience to catch the latest twist.
Sophisticated Bille Brown and charming Matt Hetherington were the two scoundrels and both ideal in their roles. As the object of their quest, Amy Lehpamer was also well suited to her role, a beautiful dancer with a strong singing voice.
Evergreen Marina Prior was delightful as Muriel Eubanks and Grant Piro a suitably bumbling police inspector in cohorts with Billie’s character. Chelsea Plumley was also superb as Jolene Oakes.
The large ensemble of dancers and superb orchestra added to a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

Graham Ford

Image: Matt Hetherington and Bille Brown in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. (Photographer: Jeff Busby)

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