Lucky Stiff
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Music by Stephen Flaherty

“APAC continues to bring Manhattan-quality theatre to Queens with its fine staging of Lucky Stiff. This quirky show could easily fail in less capable hands, but the results here are disarmingly funny. The comedy was well handled throughout, and there was first-class singing all the way…Director Brian Swasey has pulled together a fun staging, with solid musical direction by Jeffrey Campos. Fans of this quirky show will enjoy APAC’s production — those new to it are in for a real treat.” -Talkin Broadway


February 11 – 27, 2005


Lucky Stiff is an impulsively wild ride from start to finish about a reclusive English shoe salesman who inherits $6,000,000 from his recently-murdered Uncle’s will, on the condition that he escorts his uncle’s corpse on a week-long vacation to Monte Carlo and convinces all those at the resort that his uncle’s corpse is still alive and having a swell time. Should he fail to complete the task the money becomes property of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Lucky Stiff’s rampant, wacky book and lyrics fluidly interlaces a witty and charming score.

Supported in part by Council Member Peter Vallone Jr., Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of NYSCA (administered by the Queens Council on the Arts and the JP Morgan Chase Arts and Culture Regrants Program), the Kiwanis Club of Astoria/LIC, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, and the support of Assemblyman Michael Ginaris, Community Board 1, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Materials for the Arts, HBO and the Astoria/LIC Community.


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“One standout is Amanda Ryan Paige as Anabel, … one of those musical-theatre people for whom shifting from speech into song seems to happen with perfect effortlessness. Also entertaining is Laura Daniel, who makes the best of her character, Rita, who’s written as a bundle of “brassy dame from Jersey” clichés.” –Backstage

Lucky Stiff, currently on stage at Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) in Queens, is quite silly and quite fun…The neighborhood, if you’re not familiar, is most welcoming, too. So don’t think of this as off-off-off-Broadway (as I heard a fellow audience member pronounce it); think of it as just another great NYC choice. There’s theatre in every nook and cranny of our town; that’s why we love it here.”

“Well, it’s been four short years for APAC as they continue to emerge as one of the best new troupes to watch.” -Queens Courier

“…you have no idea how fun this show is until you see it in action.”

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