Lynn Ahrens wrote the book and lyrics, and Stephen Flaherty added the music for this lively production based on “The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo” by Michael Butterworth. Lucky Stiff runs this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. each evening.
Becky Cochran directs the latest EOTS offering and says audiences will thoroughly enjoy the story about a man who inherits six million dollars from an uncle he’s never met, and the terms he has to fulfill in order to collect his money.
With more than twenty songs, Lucky Stiff offers a fast-paced, hilarious theater experience that entertains from opening song (Something Funny’s Going On) to the final curtain call.
Jake and Carrie Joslin lead a cast of talented performers, as Harry Witherspoon and Annabel Glick.
Harry has to fulfill his late uncle’s request to inherit his money, and Annabel is there to ensure Harry meets all the terms of the will. If not, her organization, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, will receive the money.
What follows is a zany, wild romp to France’s resort city of Monte Carlo by train and plane. Harry and Annabel are led to Monte Carlo’s various sites by ‘Uncle Anthony’s’ final instructions, and they meet a nutty collection of characters in the process.
Other characters include Uncle Anthony’s crazy girlfriend, Rita (Jeana Grover) and her brother Vinnie (Neil Joslin) an unsuspecting victim of his sister’s actions; Luigi Gaudi (Dr. Kelly Jeppsen) the mysterious, outgoing Italian, who offers to guide Harry around Monte Carlo; and Dominique Du Monaco (Miko Crippin), a vivacious, sympathetic, understanding entertainer.
And we can’t forget the Body (Scott Young), who is Harry’s almost constant companion in Monte Carlo.
The remainder of the cast includes Lynnette Adams, Jeannie Hawks, Etsy Hancock, Ed Larson and Clint Meyers.
This ensemble of brilliant actors creates a menagerie of outrageous characters, who follow Harry and Annabel throughout the course of the play, and provide the audience with an evening’s worth of laughter and enjoyable entertainment.
Ed Larson doubled as set designer and producer for Lucky Stiff, and did an outstanding job creating the atmosphere for this production.
Musical accompaniment for Lucky Stiff is masterfully provided by Fawn Jorgensen, who stepped in during the last two weeks of rehearsal to join the company.
Cochran, Larson, Jorgensen and the entire cast collaborated to produce one of EOTS’s most hilarious musicals to date.
Lucky Stiff is definitely a production audiences will love. However, Lucky Stiff is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
Tickets for Lucky Stiff are $8 at the door. Advance discount tickets are available by contacting STEAM Registration at the USU-Eastern Blanding Campus (435-678-2201) or calling 678-3837. Curtain time, again, is 7 p.m. each night.