A musical farce in which a British shoe salesman inherits six million dollars from a dead uncle. There’s only one catch: in order to get the money, he has to take the dead body, prop it in a wheelchair and take it on one last spree to Monte Carlo. Chaos ensues.
After winning the Richard Rodgers Award, Lucky Stiff became Lynn and Stephen’s first off-Broadway show, with book by Lynn Ahrens, score by Ahrens + Flaherty, and direction and choreography by Thommie Walsh.



World Premiere off-Broadway, Playwrights Horizons, April 1, 1988.

“A much-needed antidote to the gargantuan extravagance of current musical theatre. Ahrens and Flaherty should be cherished.”

-New York Times

“A delicious, zany throwback–pure frosting, but whipped to perfect consistency.”

-New York Post

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Playwrights Horizons, New York City
Produced by Playwrights Horizons
(André Bishop, Artistic Director; Paul S. Daniels, Executive Producer)
Associate Producer: Ira Weitzman

Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based on the novel “The Man Who Broke the Bank At Monte Carlo” by Michael Butterworth
Vocal Arrangements by Stephen Flaherty
Musical Director: Jeff Saver
Orchestrations by Michael Abbott
Directed and choreographed by Thommie Walsh
Scenic Design by Bob Shaw
Costume Design by Michael Krass
Lighting Design by Beverly Emmons
Sound Design by Lia Vollack
Conductor/Keyboard: Jeff Saver
Keyboard 2: Michael Abbott
Bass: Vern Graham
Drums/Percussion:  Jim LeBlanc
Press Representative: Bob Ullman
Production Stage Manager: Robin Rumpf
Casting: Daniel Swee

Ron Faber  Uncle Anthony
Patty Holley  Dominique du Monaco/Ensemble
Paul Kandel  Luigi Gaudi
Michael McCarty  Solicitor, Emcee, Ensemble
Barbara Rosenblat  Mrs. Markham, Drunken Maid, Ensemble
Stephen Stout  Harry Witherspoon
Mary Testa   Rita LaPorta
Julie White  Annabel Glick
Stuart Zagnit  Vinnie Di Ruzzio
Frank Zagottis  Bellhop/Ensemble