Silly little bit of Broadway trivia I didn’t know

As I mentioned, my mom, Daniel and I went to see "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" on B'way the other day.

A great show, Daniel's first time in a real Broadway theater.  I do have to say that his jaw was slack during some of the jokes - it's a very earthy show.


Anyway, one of the stars of the show is Joanna Gleason (along with Lord John Worphin and Fiyero).  I've been a fan of Ms. Gleason's work since I saw her in "Into the Woods" (a retelling of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel by Sondheim - it's out on video, and worth watching).

Anyway, I was trolling through IMDB the other day and discovered that she's Monty Hall's (as in "Let's Make a Deal"'s Monty Hall) daughter.

Who knew (ok, I'm sure that she did, but...)?

Edit: Ok, so I can't punctuate, happy?


Comments (9)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Where are we going?

    Planet 10!

    When are we going?

    Real Soon!

  2. Universalis says:

    Now that I have seen a real example in the wild, perhaps I can ask – why does "scoundrel’s" need an apostrophe while "woods" doesn’t?

    The point is that you must be following some implicit rule and it would be interesting from the point of view of observational linguistics to discover what it was. I know that it’s not the same rule that most English-speakers use, but that’s not the point – indeed, it makes it all the more interesting to find out what it actually is.

    My first guess is that perhaps there is a greater need to add the apostrophe after a polysyllabic word than after a monosyllable — but only you can introspect and see whether that rule might be the real one.

  3. Because Woods ends in the letter S, I believe.

    When I get home, I can check my Illustrated Strunk and White and see what the actual rule is.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The real point is that there should be no apostrophe on "scoundrels".

  5. Anonymous says:

    The answer is that Dirty Rotten Scoundrels does NOT need an apostrophe, Larry just put one in to see if anyone was paying attention.

    See here:

    The apostrophe is for possessive. The only trick is that if it is a plural ending in s, then the apostrophe goes after the s. So "We went to the Millers’ house". And yes, that means that "I bought Bill Gates’s car on eBay" is the correct spelling, since Gates is not a plural.

    Next topic: Why is "Lands’ End" spelled that way?

    – adam

  6. Ryan Bemrose says:

    <a href=>Bob‘s Quick Guide to the apostrophe</a>

    <a href=>More in-depth, less angry analysis</a>

    Short version: Use for possessive. Do not use for plural. Unless the show is actually about something that belongs to a (singular) Dirty Rotten Scoundrel, then the apostrophe in the title is a grammatical error.

  7. Anonymous says:


    Character is what you are in the dark! Home … home is where you wear your hat!


  8. Anonymous says:

    > discovered that she’s Monty Hall’s daughter.

    Behind which door did you find that information, and did you switch first?

    Thursday, January 05, 2006 2:00 PM by ryanbemrose

    > Use for possessive.

    Except for its, his, hers, ours, yours, and theirs.

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