"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"-- a musical comedy about competitive con men on the French Riviera--opens Sept. 26

Courtesy of Baylor Theatre
Sept. 26, 2012

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 26) - The smash-hit musical comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" opens tonight as a cast of more than 20 people indulge audiences in an interactive experience. The "fourth wall" between cast and audience disappears as actors turn out and talk to the conductor or dialogue about how they are actors in a play.

Lisa Denman, director of the Baylor production and senior lecturer in the department of theatre arts, takes audience members to the beautiful French Riviera, where they meet two very funny con men trying to out-con each other.

"It's really a different kind of musical." Denman said. "The songs themselves are very funny. You have to listen to the words because the jokes are a lot of times in the songs. It's not really much of that sort of romance (driven)--serious (musical). It's a very silly kind of comedy, very entertaining."

The musical will run at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 to 29, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 to 5 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 in Jones Theatre in the Hooper-Shaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.

This musical is suitable for ages 13 and older, according to the Baylor Theatre website . Tickets are $18. For additional information, contact the Baylor Theatre Box Office at 254-710-1865.

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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