March 24, 2006

Lucie Arnaz Joins Broadway's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Lucie Arnaz is set to star in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She succeeds original star Joanna Gleason on May 29th. Before she enters Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, she is scheduled to star in Melinda Lopez' Sonia Flew at Florida's Coconut Grove Playhouse.

Lucie ArnazArnaz will return to the Imperial, where she made her Broadway debut in the 1979 musical They're Playing Our Song. Arnaz who made her first Broadway appearance nearly 15 years ago, will star as the wealthy divorcee 'Muriel Eubanks' of Omaha, Nebraska, in the Jeffrey Lane / David Yazbek hit.

Actress Joanna Gleason, who was Tony Award-nominated for creating the role in 2005, let the cat out of the bag in a WOR radio interview March 22nd. After Playbill.com reported the news, the producers confirmed Arnaz joined the troupe.

In addition to Gleason, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels currently stars Jonathan Pryce, Norbert Leo Butz, Rachel York, Gregory Jbara and Mylinda Hull.

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is my favorite Broadway musical of last season!" Arnaz said. "Joanna Gleason is leaving and I couldn't be happier to be filling her Feragamos. Jonathan Pryce and Rachel York have just recently joined the company, Norbert [Leo Butz] is still knockin' 'em dead every night and the show is hotter than ever. ...But, please give me a week or so not to be tripping on the turntable. After taking over a role in My One And Only, I know what it feels like to leap onto these moving trains-thrilling and horribly scary!" Arnaz continued.

Arnaz also appeared in Broadway's Lost in Yonkers and toured with Tommy Tune in My One and Only. They're Playing Our Song played the Imperial Theatre, where Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is holed up.

Arnaz received the Theatre World Award for her performance in the Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlisch/Carole Bayer Sager musical, They're Playing Our Song. She returned to Broadway 13 years later to star in Simon's Pulitzer Prize/Tony Award-winning play Lost in Yonkers. She starred opposite Tommy Tune in the national tour of My One and Only, and in the national tours of Whose Life Is It Anyway?, and Social Security. She also appeared in the West End premiere of the musical The Witches of Eastwick. Film and TV credits include Down to You, The Jazz Singer, as well as her famous mother's (Lucille Ball) TV series, "Here's Lucy" and her own headlined show "The Lucie Arnaz Show."

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened on Broadway on March 3, 2005. The show won the 2005 Drama League Award as Best Musical, and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards. With a book by Jeffrey Lane and music and lyrics by David Yazbek (em>The Full Monty), the show stars Jonathan Pryce, Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz, Rachel York, Gregory Jbara and Mylinda Hull. The production is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell. The musical is based on the 1988 MGM film.

The original cast recording is available on Ghostlight Records. Visit the website of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to learn more. To purchase tickets online, visit telecharge.com.

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