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Harry (Peter Lemongelli) jumps for joy when he learns his uncle (Jaime Sandoval, right) is leaving him $6 million – until he finds out there's a catch. (Photo provided)

GreenMan Theatre kicks off its 10th anniversary with the award-winning musical farce “Lucky Stiff.” Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays from now through Nov. 24, in Elmhurst.

"Lucky Stiff" is the first musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty of "Ragtime" and "Seussical" fame. It won the Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical.

Harry, a poor shoe salesman who dreams of a better life, receives a telegram stating that his late uncle just left him $6 million. Life would seem to be headed to easy street, but not so fast –there's a catch. In order to claim the fortune, Harry must transport his deceased Uncle Anthony – dressed to be alive – to Monte Carlo and accompany Anthony's corpse on a series of activities.

But that's not all. Along the way, Harry encounters an eclectic group of characters – including a diamond embezzler, a charismatic yet enigmatic tour guide, a mysterious woman who is a dog lover, an optometrist who has a contract out on his life, and a voluptuous cabaret singer and dancer – who have various motives regarding him and the money.

"Lucky Stiff" is directed by Craig Gustafson. The musical director is Kathleen Dooley, and choreographer is Katy Smith. The assistant director and stage manager is Alice Rebecchi. The cast includes Kristin Arntzen, Stan Austin, John Corona, Dan Hitzemann, Aimee Kennedy, Amelia Kloskowski, Peter Lemongelli, Cathy McNamara, Jaime Sandoval and Lars Timpa.

The show will be performed in Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York St. Tickets cost $18, $16 for seniors and students at or 630-464-2646. To learn more, visit