Lucky Stiff

Lucky Stiff, a musical farce by Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music), is currently being performed at the Drayton Arms Theatre. I quite fancied seeing it because of the interesting premise: lowly shop worker Harry Witherspoon is left a fortune in his uncle’s will, on condition that he take the preserved corpse on a trip to Monte Carlo. He agrees, but soon wonders if he has bitten off more than he can chew when a representative from the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn – a rival for the fortune – turns up, along with his uncle’s lover Rita who feels that she should have the money.

The show is good fun and ably performed by the cast, including Matthew Whitby as Harry and Michelle Crook as Annabel. The music is entertaining, though I didn’t think the score was particularly memorable – it’s not the sort of thing I can imagine listening to on its own. Having said that, it certainly works in the context of the show.

All in all, I found Lucky Stiff an entertaining and enjoyable night out at the theatre, though it’s far from being the best show I’ve ever seen.


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