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Friday, March 04, 2005 | NEW YORK – The buzz on Broadway’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is hot. Last night was the official opening at the Imperial Theatre, but the New York critics have been attending performances since Tuesday night so they can file their reviews quickly. The cast received cheers, bravos and standing ovations at every critics’ performance. Theater insiders are predicting that D.R.S. will be the long-awaited first Broadway musical hit of the season, a theatre season that started last June. They also say it’s the funniest musical Broadway has seen in ages, echoing the feelings of audiences who saw the show at the Old Globe, where it had its world premiere last fall.

D.R.S. is directed by Jack O’Brien, the Old Globe’s Artistic Director and Tony award winner for “Hairspray.”

Josh Ellis was communications director at the La Jolla Playhouse for nine years after a 20-year career as one of Broadway’s top press agents. Now back in New York, he’s writing a play and studying to be an interfaith minister.

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