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Florida Gulf Coast University
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Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

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FGCU Opens Musical "Lucky Stiff" March 23

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University opens the musical "Lucky Stiff" 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 23 at the Arts Complex Black Box Theater to an all-FGCU student audience with a repeat Wednesday, March 30.

Evening performances open to the public are 8 p.m., March 24-26, March 31 and April 1-2. Matinees are 2 p.m., March 27 and April 2-3.

"Lucky Stiff" is an offbeat murder mystery that follows the escapades of Harry Witherspoon, a shoe salesman who will inherit six million dollars from his recently deceased uncle if he will take the stuffed corpse to Monte Carlo for the week vacation that Uncle Anthony never had.

Stolen jewels, secret identities, a love interest and several dogs also figure in the plot to complicate matters even further.

The musical features a cast of 16 students and a live orchestra, and is performed in an intimate style in the FGCU Black Box Theater.

"This is a real giggle and guffaw show, long on craziness, full of fun, demanding nothing more than that you have a good time. And you will," Gloria Cole of United Press International said.

"Lucky Stiff" is under the direction of university theatre program leader Diane Stewart, who has directed FGCU past productions "Metamorphoses," "As You Like It" and "The Art of Dining."

Lynn Ahrens wrote the book and lyrics, and Stephen Flaherty wrote the music. Ahrens and Flaherty collaborated to write "Ragtime" and "Once on This Island," and the animated film "Anastasia."

General admission is $10, non-FGCU student admission is $5 and FGCU student admission is free with an FGCU ID.

Tickets may be purchased beginning Tuesday, March 1. Call the box office at (239) 590-7268 for information to order by credit card. Tickets are also available at the door one hour before performances. Seating is limited. FGCU recommends attendees purchase tickets in advance.

For more information, contact director Diane Stewart at (239) 590-7209.

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