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Lucky Stiff

August 26, 2013 7:30PM

Performance to benefit the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland


  • Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
  • Music by Stephen Flaherty
  • Based on “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo” by Michael Butterworth
  • Directed by Curt Arnold
  • Music Direction by Butch Marshall
  • Choreography by Allison Butler
  • Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
  • First produced by Playwrights’ Horizons, Inc. Off-Broadway in 1988

Shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon lives a luckless life, toiling in obscurity, until an unexpected telegram turns his life around: a long-lost uncle has died suddenly, leaving Harry $6 million! There’s just one catch: Harry has to bring Uncle Tony on the luxurious Monte Carlo vacation that he never got to take when he was alive! Harry and Uncle Tony aren’t the only ones headed to Monte Carlo, though – they cross paths with dog-lover Annabelle Glick, Tony’s mistress Rita and her brother Vinnie, all of whom are trying to claim the inheritance for themselves. An assortment of other colorful characters – including a mysterious Italian stranger, Luigi – pop in and out as Harry and Tony wheel from one adventure to the next. It’s a wacky cross between “Weekend at Bernie’s” and “To Catch a Thief,” with music from Flaherty and Ahrens, the team behind “Ragtime,” “Seussical,” and other Broadway favorites. (Scroll down to view cast)

The performance will be a staged concert production; it will be performed in costume with some props, but will not feature sets, lighting effects, etc. The show is performed in two acts with an intermission.

Akron Performance Information
Performance Date: Monday, August 19, 2013
Performance Space: Weathervane Community Playhouse
Performance Time: 7:30 pm
The performance benefits the Community AIDS Network (CAN)
Ticket Price: $21.00 (reserved seating)

Available online at, or call Weathervane Playhouse at 330-836-2626

Cleveland Performance Information
Performance Date: Monday, August 26, 2013
Performance Space: Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Road, Lakewood
Performance Time: 8:00 pm
The performance benefits the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

Tickets are available online or call the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland at 216-621-0766, ext 247


$25.00 (general admission)

$50.00 (VIP Donor) includes a VIP donor reception to be held in the Cleveland Artists Foundation gallery, adjacent to the Beck Center lobby, prior to the performance.

$250.00 (Supporter) includes two tickets to the performance and the VIP donor reception, as well as program listing.

Several of the cast members will be familiar to audiences of previous ATFGC/CAN benefit performances. The hapless hero, Harry Witherspoon, is portrayed by Dan Folino (previously appearing on our stage in 2009 and 2012), known for his critically acclaimed performance as “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Caitlin Elizabeth Reilly joins the cast for the first time as Harry’s leading lady, Annabelle Glick; audiences will recognize Miss Reilly from her star turn in “Legally Blonde” at Beck Center in 2012. The zany Rita LoPorta is played by Amiee Collier (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012), who is well-known to Cleveland audiences for performances including this year’s “Next To Normal” at Lakeland Civic Theatre. The Artistic Director of Blank Canvas Theatre, Patrick Ciamacco (2010, 2011, 2012) takes on the role of the Rita’s brow-beaten brother, Vinnie DiRuzzio. The role of the mysterious Luigi Gaudi is played by Rob Gibb (2011); Mr. Gibb has starred in and directed countless shows over a 20+ year theatre career in the Cleveland area. A talented team including Tricia Bestic (2002, 2010, 2011 and 2012), Brian Bowers (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Jonathan Kronenberger (2011, 2012) and Rachel Spence (2012) round out the cast in all supporting roles. Appearing in the pivotal role of Uncle Tony’s dead body is P. J. Toomey (2010, 2011). Miss Bestic, Miss Reilly and Mr. Folino appear with special permission from Actors’ Equity Association granted through the Theatre Authority.

Mr. Marshall, in addition to music directing, will play piano.

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