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March 12, 2008

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Takes Stage at UT Tyler

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The Broadway musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is the next production of the Broadway Series at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, announced.

Sponsored by Southside Bank, the musical comedy will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

Media sponsors are KLTV, East Texas Radio Group and Lamar Advertising.

Seating is still available in the balcony at $46 and $26. Tickets can be purchased at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office or online at www.CowanCenter.org. Box office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach the box office, call 903.566.7424.

The box office will open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for sales at door.

Based on the popular 1988 film, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” centers on two con men living on the French Riviera.

The first is the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other, a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health.

After meeting on a train, they unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement in which the first one to extract $50,000 from young heiress Christine Colgate wins and the other must leave town.

This leads to a battle of cons that will keep the audience laughing and guessing to the end, according to Thomae-Morphew.

“This is one of the largest shows the Cowan Center has brought to Tyler.  The production in New York City was magnificent, and I actually liked it better as a musical than a movie. It is now one of my favorite musicals. This is one not to miss,” she added.

Pasadena, Texas native Doug Thompson has the lead role of Freddy Benson.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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