Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents “Lucky Stiff”

| January 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

Scripps Ranch Theatre continues its 43rd Season with its musical production of “Lucky Stiff” by Ahrens and Flaherty, running at their theatre on the campus of Alliant International University, located at 9783 Avenue of Nations, San Diego, CA 9213. Directed by San Diego veteran director, Kathy Brombacher.  “Lucky Stiffpreviews at Scripps Ranch Theatre on Friday, January 27, opens Saturday, January 28 and runs through Sunday, February 19. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Ted Lieb stars as Luigi Gaudi in this crazy, zany and fun production. Photo is courtesy of Cristyn Chandler.

Harry receives the unexpected news that he has inherited a fortune from his late Uncle Anthony, on the condition that he takes Anthony’s dead body on a special trip to Monte Carlo. If Harry fails, the money will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. However, also hot on the tail of Uncle Anthony’s money is Rita, Anthony’s lover with whom he embezzled $6 million behind her husband’s back. And hot on Rita’s trail is her brother Vinnie, who has been blamed for the crime. With mistaken identities, love interests, disguises, farcical chases, and an omnipresent corpse, “Lucky Stiff” is an offbeat musical murder mystery. This life-affirming musical will keep you entertained and enthralled as the story of a dead man’s holiday is played out in front of your eyes.

Director, Kathy Brombacher shared “What a pleasure to return to the Scripps Ranch Theatre with a co-production of one of my favorite musical theatre farces: “Lucky Stiff.” This little musical theatre wonder has comedy, mystery, romance, and a trip to Monte Carlo wrapped up with a splendid musical theatre score written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, authors of “Anastasia,” “Ragtime the Musical,” and “Once on This Island.”  At its heart “Lucky Stiff” is crazy, zany and fun. The cast of this comedy is whipping up comic songs and scenes to delight any audience under the musical direction and guidance of Dr. Terry O’Donnell, and the stage comes to life with dances created by Valerie Clark.  Eleven gifted actors create the vocal storytelling and madcap chases with skill and professional talent.  It’s been a time of joyful collaboration in the rehearsal studio and with the talented scenic, props and costume designers.  It’s a great time of year for a comedy, so bring your sense of humor and enjoy “Lucky Stiff” in the New Year.”

The cast includes talented San Diego actors Kenny Bordieri, Beatrice Crosbie, Kelly Derouin, Bob Himlin, Cody Ingram, Ralph Johnson, Ted Leib, Bryce Nicastro, Olivia Pence, Audrey Ward and Erica Marie Weisz.

To reserve seats for “Lucky Stiff,”call the box office at (858) 395-0573 or online at

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