Lucky Stiff

Opened: April 26, 1988

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Playwrights Horizons
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Theresa Rebeck Joins Broadway-Aimed Musical WORKING GIRL as New Book Writer
by Stephi Wild - Aug 9, 2022

Award-winning Broadway playwright Theresa Rebeck will write the book for the Broadway-aimed Working Girl. While she's had more plays produced on Broadway than any female playwright of our time, Working Girl would mark Rebeck's Broadway debut as a book writer for a musical.

YENTL, HAIRSPRAY LIVE! & More is Coming to BroadwayHD for Women's History Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 28, 2022

 In honor of Women’s History Month, BroadwayHD is celebrating some of Broadway’s iconic female characters with new titles coming to the platform including Yentl from Yentl, Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Tracy from Hairspray Live!.

Photo Flash: Go Inside the Dramatists Guild Foundation Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 5, 2019

Last night the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) hosted its annual DGF Gala to celebrate artists and honor patrons of the American theater community in gratitude of their continued support of emerging writers and creators at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC.  Jason Alexander may have said it best: “a world without writers is just mimes and improv.”

DGF Gala 2019 Will Honor Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, and More
by Stephi Wild - Oct 1, 2019

The Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) will honor Tony Award-winning songwriting duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), the President of Concord Theatricals, Sean Patrick Flahaven, along with TodayTix Founders Brian Fenty and Merritt Baer at their annual DGF Gala on Monday, November 4 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC. The evening's program will be directed by Kathleen Marshall.

Good Theater Opens LUCKY STIFF
by Julie Musbach - Mar 13, 2019

Good Theater will close out its 17th season with the zany musical comedy, Lucky Stiff.  The show opens March 27 and runs for five weeks through April 28.  Good Theater is the professional theater company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland.

BWW Review: LUCKY STIFF at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - Feb 16, 2019

You might not be familiar with the latest Dutch Apple production, Lucky Stiff. The 1988, Off-Broadway show might best be described as 2 parts Weekend at Bernie's, 1 part Brewster's Millions, with a splash of The Bucket List thrown in for good measures. Those who appreciate broad, farcical comedies will also probably enjoy this show.

BWW Interviews: Lynn Ahrens y Stephen Flaherty hablan sobre ANASTASIA
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Oct 31, 2018

Los autores del musical que triunfa en la Gran Via nos cuentan sus impresiones sobre la produccion española de su obra

LUCKY STIFF Comes to The Bridewell Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Aug 7, 2018

Sedos presents a new production of the award-winning musical Lucky Stiff at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street, from 18- 22 September 2018. From the creators of some of Broadway's biggest hits - Anastasia, Ragtime, Seussical and Once On This Island - comes a musical comedy about love, death, dogs and diamonds.

BWW Review: LUCKY STIFF Stylishly Executed Musical Souffle
by Frank Benge - Jun 10, 2018

LUCKY STIFF is a musical farce with lyrics and libretto by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, that is notable historically for several things. To begin with, It was the first collaboration for the team whose later collaborations include Ragtime and Once On This Island. It was created and performed at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway in 1988, and won the Richard Rodgers Award for that year. LUCKY STIFF is based on a 1983 novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth. It received a full production in London's West End in 1997 but, to date, has never had a Broadway production. In 2015, a film version was created but it has only been seen at film festivals.

Tickets For LUCKY STIFF Presented By The Shenandoah Valley Governor's School Are Now On Sale
by Stephi Wild - Jan 6, 2018

Featuring diamonds, disguises, and a dead body, LUCKY STIFF is sure to keep the audience in stitches with its cast of quirky characters. The Shenandoah Valley Governor's School Theatre Department is proud to present this hilarious, high-energy farce.

West Coast Players Presents LUCKY STIFF
by Stephi Wild - Dec 28, 2017

West Coast Players will present Lucky Stiff, Book and Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS, Music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY. Based on 'The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff was first produced by Playwrights Horizons, Inc. Off-Broadway in 1988.

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty at 2017 Gala
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 17, 2017

In addition to producing great theatre works, Primary Stages produced one of this season's most exciting Galas. The 2017 event, celebrating Artistic Honorees Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Producer Honorees Janet B. Rosen & Marvin Rosen, and Corporate Honorees Jose Mendez and Katie Graziano, was a glamorous and talent-filled evening at Tribeca 360 with a full view of lower Manhattan as a backdrop to the festivities.

by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 28, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! This morning (which according to our watch is Friday, April 28) we come to you to pose this musical question: What have they done to poor Heather Morris on Dancing With the Stars? Seriously, what did they do? We don't watch that show but have picked up some rumblings on the mean streets of Music City that intrigue is afoot among the over-teased and body-glittered cast of the ABC Monday night juggernaut - please fill us in, theaterati. Inquiring minds want to know.

WOODY SEZ and THE ARAN ISLANDS Slated for Summer at Irish Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Irish Repertory Theatre has announced its Summer 2017 Season. On the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage will be WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE, directed by Nick Corley (Kissing Jessica Stein).

New Donna Summer Musical, Leigh Silverman-Helmed WILD GOOSE DREAMS and More Round Out La Jolla Playhouse's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse, nationally-renowned for the development of new work, announces four world-premiere productions for the 2017/2018 season, including the previously-announced Escape to Margaritaville (May/June), featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett and an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia ('My Name Is Earl') and Mike O'Malley ('Survivor's Remorse,' 'Shameless'), directed by La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis).

BWW Review: LUCKY STIFF: Loosey-goosey Fun For All
by Nancy Grossman - Sep 13, 2016

Stoneham Theatre has a lively hit on its hands with the Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty 1980s musical murder mystery farce, LUCKY STIFF. The rom-com romp stars young company alum Andrew Barbato, with direction by Caitlin Lowans, choreography by Ilyse Robbins, and music direction by Bethany Aiken. It's a madcap journey to Monte Carlo with a rich, dead uncle, mistaken identity, slamming doors, romance, and great songs.

LUCKY STIFF, MAME and More Slated for Stoneham Theatre's 17th Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Stoneham Theatre is pleased to announce its Mainstage programming for Season 17. Kicking off the season is the musical murder mystery farce, Lucky Stiff, followed by an exploration of artificial intelligence in the science fiction play Uncanny Valley.

Stoneham Theatre Presents Musical Farce LUCKY STIFF
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 23, 2016

Stoneham Theatre opens its 17th Season with Lucky Stiff, a musical murder mystery farce about love, dogs, diamonds, and death. From the creators of Ragtime and Seussical, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Directed by Caitlin Lowans and Choreographed by Elliot Norton and IRNE Award-winner Ilyse Robbins, Lucky Stiff hilariously tells the story of an unassuming shoe salesman who stands to inherit six million dollars from a recently deceased uncle he never met. There's only one catch: he has to bring his embalmed uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, he'll get the inheritance. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, or else his uncle's gun-toting ex! Performances run from September 8 - 25, 2016. Press Opening is Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 3:00pm.

LUCKY STIFF, MAME and More Slated for Stoneham Theatre's 17th Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Stoneham Theatre is pleased to announce its Mainstage programming for Season 17. Kicking off the season is the musical murder mystery farce, Lucky Stiff, followed by an exploration of artificial intelligence in the science fiction play Uncanny Valley.

Premierenreport: Theater für Niedersachsen präsentiert mit TOT ABER GLÜCKLICH äußerst lebendige Komödie
by Iris Moebius - Mar 9, 2016

TOT, ABER GLÜCKLICH - LUCKY STIFF ist eine temporeiche Musical-Komodie unter dem Motto „Erben tut weh". Musikalisch wird von Rock uber Pop bis hin zum Jazz alles geboten. In bester Revolverkomodien-Manier besticht das Musical auch durch seinen makaberen britischen Humor. Die Premiere am Theater fur Niedersachen in Hildesheim fand am vergangenen Samstag statt. Das Publikum hatte einen Heidenspaß und, auch der Presse hats gefallen.

Gattelli & Flaherty's IN YOUR ARMS, Featuring 10 Dance Vignettes by Iconic Writers, Begins Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

The Old Globe opens its 2015-2016 Season with IN YOUR ARMS, a World Premiere dance-theatre musical featuring direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, Godspell, Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I and South Pacific) and original music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island; two-time Oscar nominee for Anastasia). The production begins tonight, September 16, with an opening slated for September 24, and runs through October 25, 2015.

Breaking: Stephen Bienskie, Donna McKechnie, Hayley Podschun and More to Star in Gattelli & Flaherty's IN YOUR ARMS at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Among them, the company can claim 18 Tony Awards, 4 Pulitzer Prizes, 6 Pulitzer finalist distinctions, 3 Emmy Awards, and 2 Academy Awards; to list all their honors would take several pages.

BWW Reviews: Fiery Operatic Drama Unfolds in New Production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Mar 22, 2015

2015 brings a lavish new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of The Opera' that opened at Shea's Buffalo Theatre on Wednesday and it has received glorious new sets by Paul Brown, while retaining most of Maria Bjornson's Tony Award winning costume designs.

LUCKY STIFF Adaptation to Have West Coast Premiere at Hollywood Film Festival
by Tyler Peterson - Sep 11, 2014

The West Coast premiere of the film adaptation LUCKY STIFF will take place at the Hollywood Film Festival on October 17 at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome. The film, based on an off-Broadway show from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ('Ragtime'), stars Jason Alexander ('Seinfeld'), British stage actor Dominic Marsh, Tony winner Nikki M. James ('Book of Mormon,' 'Les Miserables'), Pamela Shaw (recreating the character she portrayed on the stage) and the late Dennis Farina ('Get Shorty', 'Saving Private Ryan').


Something Funny's Going On
Mr. Witherspoon's Friday Night
Rita's Confession
Good to Be Alive
Dogs Versus You
The Phone Call
A Day Around Town Dance
Monte Carlo
Speaking French
Times Like This
Fancy Meeting You Here
The Him, Them, It, Her
Welcome Back, Mr. Witherspoon
A Woman in My Bathroom
Confession #2
Something Funny's Going On
Mr. Witherspoon's Friday Night
Rita's Confession
Good to be Alive
Dogs Versus You
The Phone Call
Monte Carlo!
Speaking French
Times Like This
Fancy Meeting You Here
Finale Act One
Something Funny's Going On (Reprise)
Him, Them, It, Her
Welcome Back, Mr. Witherspoon
A Woman in My Bathroom
Nice (Reprise)
Confession #2
Finale Act Two
Lucky Stiff has had 4 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 1988, Off-Broadway which opened in 1988, London Fringe which opened in 1997 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2003.



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