Sunday, February 7, 2010

A Little Bit of Broadway

Lucky Stiff

Last month at Juneau Lyric Opera’s Mid-Winter Vocal Festival, Brett and Cheryl Crawford sang a delightful duet from a show I didn’t know. So I went looking and, oh my, Lucky Stiff is a hilarious show.

Based on Michael Butterworth’s novel The Man who broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, it reminds me of those madcap comedies from the 1930’s mixed up with a Weekend at Bernie's! Rita has embezzled 6 million in diamonds from her casino owning husband and given them to her lover Tony, whom she “accidently” murders when she sees him with another woman. Tony has left his entire estate to his nephew Harry if he’ll do just one little thing – take Tony’s corpse to Monte Carlo to have the vacation he had always dreamed about. So everyone goes to Monte Carlo: Harry and the corpse, Rita and her brother (Rita blamed him for the embezzlement to her husband), the goons who are looking for brother Vinnie and Annabel, whose Universal Dog Shelter gets the money if Harry fails.

Act I
Something Funny's Going On
Mr. Witherspoon's Friday Night
Rita's Confession
Good To Be Alive
Lucky
Dogs Versus You
A Day Around Town (Dance)
Phone Call
Monte Carlo
Speaking French
Times Like This
Fancy Meeting You Here
Finale Act One


Act II
Something Funny's Going On (Reprise)
Him, Them, It, Her
Nice
Welcome Back, Mr. Witherspoon (Harry's Nightmare)
A Woman In My Bathroom
Nice (Reprise)
Confession #2
Finale

Music Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics Lynn Ahrens
Book Lynn Ahrens
Basis The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo , 1983 novel by Michael Butterworth

Harry Witherspoon (a shy, British shoe salesman) – Malcolm Gets
Annabel Glick (a representative of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn) – Janet Metz
Rita LaPorta (a hard-edged, legally blind woman) – Marty Testa
Luigi Gaudi (A mysterious, boisterous Italian) – Paul Kandel
Vinnie Di Ruzzio (Rita La Porta's oppressed brother; an optometrist) – Stuart Zagnit
Dominique du Monaco (a French nightclub singer) – Rosena Hill
Landlady (of Harry's apartment house) – Barbara Rosenblat
Monte Carlo Emcee – Erick Devine
The dead body of Anthony Hendon (Harry's freshly-murdered uncle, fixed up so he looks alive)

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