Troy, NY: Class Act Productions lives up to its name in more ways than one. The company seems to have an affinity for neglected musicals – the ones that everybody else has forgotten about – and showing us what we’ve been missing. Burns and Murray last saw them do Bill Finn’s neglected musical A New Brain, and what a treat that was. (Read Review Here)
Now this same wonderful team that brought you that gem as well as Ragtime, Seussical and Once On This Island turn their restorative talents to Lucky Stiff. It will play March 15-24 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.
The history of this show by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is a bit lucky to begin with. Lucky Stiff premiered off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizon on April 1988 for 15 performances. It went on to win the Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical, and even received a London West End production. They broke onto the scene with this zany, offbeat, and very funny murder mystery farce complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair.
The two-act musical begins each act with a prologue. It opens when a quasi-Greek Chorus informs the audience of the zany plot twists to come. One of them, a man wearing dark glasses and silk pajamas, is murdered. (Something Funny’s Going On) The story expands, and revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently-murdered Atlantic City uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing Uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, or else to the gun-toting wife of the casino owner!
Directed by Gary Hoffmann with music direction by Maria Elmer, producer Michael Ciaravella is proud of his team. With choreography by Amanda Jo Marshall the cast includes Alan Angelo, Peter Caracappa, Bill Depew, Henry DiMaria, Erin Harwood, Katie Hughes, Maria Lally Clark, Brian McBride-Land, Michael McDermott, Michael O’Farrell, Oliver Ord, Melissa Pelletier, Glenn Read, Elizabeth Sterling and Cait Webber.
Performances are held at The Schacht Fine Arts Center on the Russell Sage Campus which is off an interior courtyard at 65 First Street, Troy, NY 12180. Tickets are affordable and can be ordered online at http://www.classactproductionsny.com or by calling 518-248-2618, or E-mail ClassActProductions@live.com
Ticket Prices: for adults is $20 at the Door or $18 Adult Presale; $15 Students and Seniors (age 65 and older) Presale; or just $10 with Miliary ID.