Film Version of LUCKY STIFF, Starring Jason Alexander & Nikki M. James Launches Sales at Cannes
Several Tony Award-winners teamed up to bring an adaptation of the 1988 musical "Lucky Stiff" to the big screen. The show, based on Michael Butterworth's 1965 novel "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo," was written by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty and first performed at New York's Playwright's Horizons where it won the Richard Rogers Production Award before going on to London and hundreds of international productions. Ahrens adapted the play for the big screen, while Flaherty and Ahrens wrote additional songs.
Today, Variety reports that Arclight Films is now launching sales of the film, starring Jason Alexander, the late Dennis Farina, Dominic Marsh, Nikki M. James, Don Amendolia, Pamela Shaw and Kate Shindle at the Cannes Film Festival
Christopher Ashley, director of the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical "Memphis," directed the musical farce about a lonely English bachelor who stands to inherit a fortune from his recently deceased uncle. Unfortunately, this involves squiring his uncle's corpse on a whirlwind vacation to Monte Carlo, where several other parties have their eyes on the same inheritance. Ashley enlisted veteran Broadway and Hollywood choreographer Joey Pizzi ("Burlesque,") to stage the film's dance numbers.
The movie version was filmed in Los Angeles and Monte Carlo. It is set to be released on 2015. The film was produced by New Oz Productions' Victor Syrmis and Branded Pictures Entertainment's J. Todd Harris.