Rotten Scoundrels, the 1988 film staring Steve Martin
and Michael Caine, landed at No. 85 on Bravo’s list of the
100 Funniest Movies. (And it’s a remake—of the equally hilarious
1962 comedy Bedtime Story, which starred Marlon Brando
and David Niven.) The 2005 Broadway adaptation, which follows
the collusions and competitions of two con men in a small
town on the French Riviera, has become a musical-theater
sensation, garnering 11 Tony nominations and overwhelming
The New York Post called the adaptation “superior
in every way. One of the liveliest, funniest musicals in
years.” The Wall Street Journal declared it “a pluperfect
hit, an exemplary piece of comic craftsmanship.” And the
Bergen (N.J.) Record named Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
“one of the most deliciously funny, smashing entertainments
of the last 20 years!”
Now, the rollicking musical adventure has embarked on a
national tour, and Schenctady is about to be “taken.” Dirty
Rotten Scoundrels opens at Proctors Theatre (432 State
St., Schenectady) on Tuesday (Feb. 27) at 8 PM. Tickets
range from $40 to $65. For more information, or to make
reservations, call the Proctors box office at 346-6204.
50th Anniversary Monterey Jazz Festival Tour
preeminent annual jazz festival celebrates its golden anniversary
this year, the party is coming to cities across the country.
To celebrate the longstanding tradition of teaming veteran
and younger artists, the festival’s organizers have assembled
an all-star band consisting of Terence Blanchard (trumpet,
pictured), James Moody (saxophone), Benny Green (piano),
Nnenna Freelon (vocals), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Kendrick
Scott (drums). All of the players have deep roots in the
Monterey, Calif.-based festival; some deeper than others:
Moody, actually, has been performing there since 1963.
The 50th Anniversary Monterey Jazz Festival Tour makes two
stops in the region this week. On Saturday (Feb. 23), the
tour sets down at Proctors Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady).
Tickets for the 8 PM show range from $20 to $38. To reserve
tickets, call the box office at 346-6204.
On Wednesday (Feb. 27), the tour makes its way to the Colonial
Theatre (111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.) for an 8 PM show.
Tickets range from $24 to $45. Reserve seats at (413) 997-4444.
Street Live: Ready for Action
learning! is always fun with those beloved celebrity muppets
of Sesame Street fame. Once again, they’re stepping
off the small screen and onto the big stage for Sesame
Street Live. In the all-new live show, Ready for
Action, when Super Grover loses his superness, Big Bird,
Elmo, Zoe, Telly Monster and friends team up to help put
the “super” back in the furry blue hero.
Through Sesame Street’s ever-enaging stories and
an array of popular songs, including new renditions of old
favorites, kids will learn healthy habits for good nutrition,
sleep and hygine. The same lessons that get Super Grover
“ready for action” again can unlock the healthy hero in
The cast of Sesame Street Live: Ready for Action
will hit the Palace Theatre stage (19 Clinton Ave, Albany)
Thursday (Feb. 21) at 7 PM. Tickets are $14-32, and can
be purchased by calling the Palace box office at 465-4663.