“Lucky Stiff,” A Rare Chance to See a Neglected Musical in Troy, NY [Berkshire on Stage]
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.