"Lucky Stiff" (August 28–September 20)

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Lucky Stiff

Mix the cartoonish post-mortem escapades of Weekend at Bernie’s with a dash of The Pink Panther’s outlandish hijinks, fill it with a songbook of upbeat toe-tappers, and you’ll wind up with Lucky Stiff. This musical farce centers on a meek English shoe clerk named Harry Witherspoon, who’s just discovered that he’s inherited 6 million dollars from his uncle Anthony, an American casino manager whom he’s never met. But in order to collect his fortune, Harry must take his uncle on a weeklong vacation in Monte Carlo . . . without anybody catching on that the fellow is deceased. If he fails, his inheritance goes to a dog charity, and Harry hates dogs. The stakes rise even higher as Uncle Anthony’s foes scheme to snag Harry’s potential fortune, Harry falls in love (with a dog-lover, of all things), and a corpse in a wheelchair is forced to continue paying sales tax.

Based upon Michael Butterworth’s 1983 novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, Lucky Stiff marked the first collaboration of the lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty, who scored Tony Awards for Ragtime and also paired for the recent Rocky the Musical. Thanks to a laugh-a-minute book with jaunty musical numbers, such as the rousing opener (“Something Funny’s Going On”) and the act-closing “Good to Be Alive,” Lucky Stiff won the Richard Rogers Award in 1988.

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Promotional value expires Sep 21, 2015. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. Redeem starting 8/28 for a ticket at venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Ticket value includes all fees. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Arizona Broadway Theatre

A Peoria fixture since 2004, Arizona Broadway Theatre combines performances with fine dining, a marriage that helped garner the title of Best Playhouse from PHOENIX magazine in 2010. Curtains open to a cast of talented performers, who were culled from auditions in New York and the Valley of the Sun, and have belted out Broadway staples such as Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and Singin' in the Rain. Servers glide through the tiered theater hall prior to performances, peppering white tablecloths with platefuls of American fare. Previous show's menus have included such dishes as steak diane's sliced tenderloin paired with sautéed shallots and lyonnaise potatoes, which entertain patrons' stomachs without forcing them to eat the show's program.

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