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“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is Great Big Stuff!

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels reviews

If you haven’t seen the Arvada Center production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrelsnow’s the time! We are going into the last week of this hilarious show based on the popular 1988 film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine.

No Rotten Reviews Here!

“Leading men and ladies are rotten good” ~  He Said/She Said Critiques

“definitely Great Big Stuff…” ~ Noah Jordan, 303 Magazine

“funny and upbeat” ~ Tammy Kranz, Our Wheat Ridge News

“fun, lively and energetic” ~ Deb Flomberg, Examiner

“I adored this show” ~ David Marlowe, Marlowe’s Musings

This show ends September 30th!


Behind The Scenes: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels props

Behind The Scenes at Arvada Center

Building The Set & Hand-Made Props

The Arvada Center is proud to employ local and regional artists and craftsmenwho build every aspect of our productions – from the props like hand-painted camoflage silk, to the sets like the one featured in this video



“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” are Set to Steal The Show Tonight!

We open the 2012-13 Season with  DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

The madcap musical that will leave audiences laughing and cheering for more!

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Arvada CenterThe award winning Arvada Center opens its 2012- 2013 season with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels directed by Rod A. Lansberry on September 11 running through September 30 in the Main Stage Theater. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is written by Jeffrey Lane with music and lyrics by David Yazbek.

Based on the popular 1988 film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, this Tony Award winning musical comedy centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. The first is a suave and sophisticated fellow, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other is a small-time crook who modestly swindles women by arousing their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. When the two attempt to join forces the plan fails miserably so they come to an agreement to pull off one great scam where the winner stays and the other leaves town forever. A madcap battle of the cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing and trying to guess the cons’ next move to the end!

In addition to director Rod Lansberry, the creative team includes David Nehls (musical director), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (choreographer), Brian Mallgrave (scene design), Clare Henkel (costume design) and Shannon McKinney (light design).

The principal cast features: Dennis Parlato (Lawrence Jameson); Ben Nordstrom (Freddy Benson); Laura E. Taylor (Christine Colgate); Gary Lynch (Andre Thibault); Susie Roelofsz (Muriel Eubanks) and Lorinda Lisitza (Jolene Oakes). Ensemble members are: Piper Lindsay Arpan; Heather Doris; Alicia Dunfee; Maddie Franke; Valerie Hill; Kitty Hilsabeck; Mercedes Perez; Katie Ulrich; Matthew Dailey; Daniel Herron; Robert Hoppe; Brian Jackson; Matt LaFontaine; Mark Rubald; Travis Slavin and Hayden Stanes.

Watch Our Fun Videos!
Ben Nordstrom and Laura Taylor sing “Nothing is Too Wonderful to Be True”
Dennis Parlato and Gary Lynch “Give ‘Em What They Want”
Watch Behind The Scenes as Arvada Center “Puts On The Show” with “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”
Ben Nordstrom of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” gets a “walking tour” of the Arvada Center

Lorinda Lisitza of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” demonstrates some rope tricks

Ben crashes the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” dancers