HERE I AM
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
Composer: Music and Lyrics David Yazbek
Production/Performer History: Broadway 2005 (Sherie Renee Scott), Sydney 2013 (Amy Lehpamer), London 2014 (Katherine Kingsley)
Context: Christine Colgate, the American Soap Queen, arrives at the French Riviera, flying solo on her first trip sans Mom and Dad. Conmen Freddy Benson and Lawrence Jameson immediately set their sights on swindling her fortune, but Christine is not quite the innocent she seems.
Choice: David Yazbek is one of the most underated modern musical theatre composers. He is probably the best comic musical theatre song writer currently working. This character (Glenne Headly in the film) starts as a classic ingenue character only to become the pivotal antagonist as the show goes on. Anyone with good comic timing should have a blast with this one.