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Bold Offer Productions in collaboration with Be You Productions

Lucky Stiff

Bold Offer Productions in collaboration with Be You Productions

Lucky Stiff

“The most brilliant, silly show starring the most talented, beautiful people.” 100% of cast members. 

After a hit season of heartwarming hilarity in 2023, Bold Offer Productions in partnership with Be You Productions is proud to present the glorious return of Lucky Stiff for the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival! 

Lucky Stiff is a zany musical comedy about a man, a corpse, some dogs, some diamonds and a whole lot of money. Harry Witherspoon, a down-on-his-luck shoe salesman, inherits a fortune from his dead uncle (who unbeknownst to Harry has been mysteriously murdered), but there's a catch… to stop the money literally going to the dogs, he has to drag the old man's embalmed body to Monte Carlo for one last hurrah!

Through all the mayhem and misadventure, Harry discovers love, bravery and that sometimes it takes a deceased relative to show you what life is all about.

Audiences can expect big laughs from this joyous farce, a tale that's hysterical, gripping and endearing in equal measure, and music that is simply to die for.

Our formidable cast from 2023 have returned and are dead serious about bringing this delightful comedy back to life. All bets are off, all accents are acquired and one thing is for certain – something funny’s going on!


Chelsea Hyde (she/her) as Annabel

Daniel Cook (he/him) as Harry

Drew Holmes (he/they) as Vinnie

Elle Sejean-Allen (she/her) as Rita

Nathan Fernandez (he/they) as Luigi

And our awesome Ensemble: Liliana Braumberger (she/her), Zoë Harlen (she/they), Kristina Lang (she/her), Rayhan Maskun (he/him) and Ruby Stewart (she/they)

Lucky Stiff was first produced Off-Broadway in 1988, with Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Music by Stephen Flaherty (also known for their work on Seussical the Musical, Anastasia, Ragtime and Once on This Island). It is based on The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth. 

First produced by Playwrights Horizons, Inc. Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).

Content Warning: Use of Fake Firearms & Partial Nudity. Recommended for ages 13+

This performance has allocated seating.

Suitable for audiences 13+

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