March 3-19, 2023

Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM & 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM

Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty

An absurd musical full of misfits and miscreants trailing along after a dead man on holiday, Lucky Stiff, written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is “Weekend at Bernie’s” meets “You’ve Got Mail!” A co-production of OTC and Scripps Ranch Theatre, Lucky Stiff tells the story of Harry, an English shoe salesman who receives the unexpected news that he has inherited a fortune from his late Uncle Anthony, on the condition that he takes his uncle’s dead body on a special trip to Monte Carlo. If Harry refuses to fulfill all of his uncle’s last wishes exactly, the inheritance will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. It doesn’t help matters that Rita, Tony’s lover with whom he embezzled $6 million behind her husband’s back, and her brother Vinnie, who she blamed for the crime, have their own schemes to get at the money. Based on the novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is a life-affirming comedy served up with a dash of danger featuring romance, disguises, farcical chases, and an omnipresent corpse. 

Featuring a tuneful score by Stehen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (songwriting team of Ragtime, Seussical, and Once On This Island), and an ensemble cast of zany characters, Lucky Stiff is an audience charmer. 

Scripps Ranch Theatre partnership

Lucky Stiff marks the fourth co-production between OTC and Scripps Ranch Theatre, following Outside Mullingar, Dancing Lessons, and Foxfire.  Founded in 1978 and located on the campus of Alliant International University in San Diego, Scripps Ranch Theatre has produced quality theatre for over four decades.  OTC is proud to partner with SRT to expand both theatre company’s reach in San Diego County.


$20 Preview Night, Students & Military
$35 Seniors
$40 General Admission
$50 Opening Night


$80 Preview Show & Dinner
$110 Opening Night & Dinner
$99 General Show & Dinner
$77 Sunday Matinee & Brunch

Creative Team

Director: Kathy Brombacher
Choreographer: Valerie Clark
Music Director: Terry O’Donnell
Costume Designer: Marcene Drysdale
Set Designer: Alyssa Kane
Properties: Daniel Long & Morgan Zwonitzer
Stage Manager: Charmaine Reed

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques


Kenny Bordieri
Beatrice Crosbie
Kelly Derouin
Bob Himlin
Cody Ingram
Ralph Johnson
Ted Leib
Bryce Nicastro
Olivia Pence
Audrey Ward
Erica Marie Weisz