Earlier this week, North East High School students put the finishing touches on this spring’s musical, Lucky Stiff.
The show runs Thursday through Saturday at the NEHS auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are available at the door: $7 adults, $5 students.
The show begins with British shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon dreaming of changing his life and maybe even going off to sea. One day a telegram arrives for Harry at his dog-infested boarding house, informing him of the untimely demise of an uncle whom he has never met.
The deceased Uncle Tony has left Harry six million dollars; however, he must swear to fulfill the terms of the will or all of the money will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.
In Atlantic City, the legally blind Rita La Porta confesses to Vinnie Di Ruzzio, her optometrist brother, that she fell for a guy who managed her husband’s casino, and, for him, she embezzled six million dollars in diamonds. We soon realize that the guy for whom she fell is none other than Uncle Tony who, along with Harry Witherspoon, is on his way to Monte Carlo.
Rita and her brother make immediate plans to travel to Monte Carlo and get the diamonds before her husband finds out.
Meanwhile, Miss Annabel Glick of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn has learned the contents of Uncle Tony’s will and is determined to keep an eye on Harry. One false step in following the instructions of the will and the dogs get all of the money!
Lucky Stiff is a farce based on the crime novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth.