Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Lucie Arnaz Plays Omaha Chic in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Lucie Arnaz Plays Omaha Chic in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Beginning tonight, Lucie Arnaz formally takes over the role of wealthy Nebraska socialite Muriel Eubanks from Joanna Gleason in the Broadway production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Arnaz will play the romantic interest to Gregory Jbara's Andre Thibault. It's a wonderful, welcome comeback role for Arnaz.

I've loved Dirty Rotten Scoundrels right from the first time I saw this gem of a musical shortly after it opened last year. I was pleasantly surprised upon seeing it a second time this year, not long after Jonathan Pryce took over the role of Lawrence Jameson from John Lithgow. Norbert Leo Butz was better than ever and truly inhabits his Freddy Benson character with hilarious charm -- even nearly a year after earning his immensely deserved first Tony Award, he shows no sign of slowing down. I dare say that as much as I enjoyed the chemistry between Butz, Lithgow and the lovely Sherie René Scott, the current trio of Butz, Pryce and another dazzler Rachel York has invigorated the deliciously bawdy show with certain element of class.

No doubt, the addition of Arnaz will only add to that certain sense of refinement. This marks her first appearance on Broadway since appearing in Lost in Yonkers fifteen years ago; London audiences had a more recent opportunity to see her earlier this decade in the stage adapation of The Witches of Eastwick. Perhaps another trip to Broadway's Imperial Theatre will be in order.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
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