Film Adaptation of Musical LUCKY STIFF, Starring Jason Alexander, Nikki M. James to Compete at Montreal Film Festival
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.
Starring Jason Alexander, the late Dennis Farina, Dominic Marsh, Nikki M. James, Don Amendolia, Pamela Shaw and Kate Shindle, the movie will compete in the 'Feature Film' competition of this year's Montreal World Film Festival.
Christopher Ashley, director of the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical "Memphis," directed the musical farce. 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.
According to the official synopsis: Ayoung down-and-out British shoe salesman named Harry Witherspoon takes his dead uncle to Monte Carlo for the best time of his life -- a week of fun, dancing, gambling and sun. If the young man fulfills his uncle's request to the letter, he will inherit the 6 million left to him. If he doesn't, the money will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. As Harry races from casino to nightclub to beach to bedroom with his dead uncle, he is chased by a desperate optometrist, an avaricious showgirl, a mysterious Italian playboy and a trigger-happy murderess, as well as a young woman dead set on getting that money for the dogs. Guns go off, champagne corks pop, nightmares come to life, romance blossoms, dogs bark, and everyone sings! A zany, frothy, colorful and fast-paced musical comedy with a very happy ending.
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THE MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL will take place from August 21 - September 1, 2014.
The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.
The MWFF (Montreal World Film Festival 2014) is the only competitive Film Festival in North America recognized by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations)
The Montreal World Film Festival includes the following sections:
First Films World Competition
Hors Concours (World Greats, out-of competition)
Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
Documentaries of the World
Student Film Festival (Canadian and international sections)
Cinema Under the Stars
Our cinema - Review of a year of hits
The high profile WORLD COMPETITION includes world and international premieres. The international official Jury awards the various prizes for the feature films of his section: Grand Prix of the Americas, Special Grand Prix of the Jury, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Artistic Contribution, Innovation Award. This same Jury awards two prizes for the short films of this section.