Ahrens has adapted the stage production for the screen, and she and Flaherty have written additional songs. Ashley, who also serves as the artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse, has enlisted choreographer Joey Pizzi ("Burlesque") to stage the film’s dance numbers.
Lucky Stiff concerns an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently-murdered Atlantic City uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. A windfall of $6 million is at stake.
Marsh, according to a press statement, "portrays the hapless London bachelor, while James plays his romantic rival for the inheritance. Alexander plays a nerdy optometrist who's been sucked into the adventures by his impulsive near-sighted sister, portrayed by Pamela Shaw."
Lucky Stiff premiered at Playwrights Horizons in April 1988 and was the first show of future Tony Award winners Ahrens and Flaherty to be produced outside a family-theatre arena (they had collaborated on a Theatreworks USA musical for kids). Ahrens penned book and lyrics, Flaherty the music, drawing on the Michael Butterworth novel, "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo." Lucky Stiff was the recipient of a 1988 Richard Rodgers Production Award and 1990 Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical.
The film is being produced by New Oz Productions’ Victor Syrmis and Branded Pictures Entertainment’s J. Todd Harris. Mark Moran co-produces. Filming is scheduled to begin in mid-June in Southern California.