The hilarious musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" celebrates NWSA's 25th anniversary

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The hilarious musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”
celebrates NWSA’s 25th anniversary
MIAMI— New World School of the Arts continues is 25th year anniversary celebration with the hilarious Broadway musical DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – a witty battle of  NWSA princiapl actors from Dirty Rotten Scoundrelscons ensues, that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end! Directed by NWSA faculty member Matthew Glass, the show features a cast of thirty four high school juniors and seniors joined by the NWSA 15-piece orchestra.  The six-day schedule begins on Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm at the Louise O. Gerrits Theater – 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami.  Additional performances will be offered on December 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 and on December 4 and 11 at 2:00 PM. General admission is $15, students and seniors $10. Tickets can be purchased online at 

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: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. 

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is an exciting   and wonderfully funny example of American Musical Comedy at its best. Its broad comedy and upbeat score give our students an opportunity to explore a genre that they will no doubt be working on as they leave NWSA and continue their careers. It’s not overtly serious or pretentious, a little bawdy and often touching.” 

With music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUDRELS is based on the film of the same name. The musical premiered in San Diego, California on September 22, 2004, before moving to Broadway in January 2005 and officially opening in March at the Imperial Theatre where it successfully ran 626 performances to finally close on September 3, 2006. Directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the show featured an outstanding cast that included John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, and Sherie Rene Scott. A North American national Equity tour launched on August 4, 2006 with Norbert Leo Butz reprising his role as Freddy, alongside Tom Hewitt as Lawrence. The Equity tour ended on August 19, 2007. The 25-city non-Equity tour of the show, with Jamie Jackson as Lawrence and Doug Thompson as Freddy, debuted September 25, 2007 in Dayton, Ohio, with its final performance on March 23, 2008, in Memphis, Tennessee. International productions have opened in Tokyo, Mexico City, Madrid, Stuttgart, Seoul, Oslo, Stockholm, Tampere and productions are planned for Copenhagen, Reykjavik, and London.

Matthew Glass has been a full time faculty member in the theater division of New World School of the Arts since 2010, and was recently nominated by his colleagues as Rookie Teacher of the Year. Matthew is an actor, director, vocal coach and writer who last seen in the late Assurbanipal Babilla’s one man play Something Uber Alles, as part of the Iranian Theatre Festival last spring at the Brick Theatre in New York City. He is a member of Miami's Composition, A Miami Dance/Theatre Company where he was previously seen in several world premieres of The Bugchasers and 1000 Homosexuals as a writer and a performer. Locally,   Matthew appeared as Bernard in GableStage's production of David Mamet’s Romance (Best Supporting Actor, Best of Miami 2007; Miami New Times and Best Comic Performance 2007; Miami's Sun Post.) Regionally he has worked at The American Living Room Theatre Festival, Coffee Clutch Playwriting Workshop (NYC), The Playground Theatre, The New World Repertory Company, The Rude Mechanicals, City Theatre, Area Stage Company, Acme Acting Company, and the Florida Shakespeare Festival. He is a member of The American Dramatists Guild, VASTA and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He periodically teaches at theatre courses at NOVA Southeastern University, Miami-Dade College's North and Kendall Campuses and Florida International University. Matthew 
Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing on stage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, and is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Through its partnership with the University of Florida NWSA is able to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees.
For more information about the theater program at NWSA, call (305) 237-3541 or visit
Photo Caption: Photos courtesy of NWSA. Photographer: Patrice Bailey, NWSA Dean of Theater
Men close: Julio Sanchez, Andy Garcia
Principals: Julio Sanchez, Kelley Kessell, Andy Garcia
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