Oceanside Theatre Company Opens 2023 with Musical Farce, Lucky Stiff 
Media Advisory

Updated February 13

WHO/WHAT:: Oceanside Theatre Company and Scripps Ranch Theatre present Lucky Stiff, A Musical Farce by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and directed by Kathy Brombacher.  

WHEN: March 3-19, 2023

WHERE: Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054

TICKETS: Prices range from $20 for Preview Nights to $50 for Opening Night with Season Subscription and Group Rates available. They can be purchased through OceansideTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 760-433-8900.


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 Oceanside Theatre Company 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. 

We are grateful to kick off our 2023 Season with a continuation of our partnership with Scripps Ranch Theatre,which began in 2018 with Outside Mullingar,” said Alex Goodman, OTC’s Managing Director. OTC’s fourth co-production with SRT, Lucky Stiff is an uplifting musical farce with songs from the creative team of Ragtime, Seussical, and Once On This Island and features several actors who have appeared on our stage over the years including Kenny Bordieri, Kelly Derouin, Bob Himlin, Olivia Pence, Audrey Ward, and OTC Artistic Director, Ted Leib. 

We felt it was important to begin the year with a fun and funny musical that will remind our audiences of the joy that theater can bring,” added Leib.


For interviews and press credentials: 

Leann Garms, Public Relations, 214-289-3563, lgarms@oceansidetheatre.org 

Meg Pierce, Marketing Manager, 619-453-5344, meg@oceansidetheatre.org

Lucky Stiff Photos

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Photo credit: Ken Jacques