Dreamgirls composer Krieger (music) and Russell (lyrics), who also collaborated on Side Show, created the musical with book writer Jeffrey Hatcher (Never Gonna Dance, Tuesdays With Morrie). Lucky Duck picks up where the Hans Christian Anderson classic "The Ugly Duckling" left off, showing what happens once one becomes beautiful. It runs through March 25 at the West 42nd Street venue known for family-oriented shows.
This latest 75-minute incarnation of Lucky Duck was developed at the Kansas City Coterie Theatre. It is directed by Jeff Church. The staging is an adapted, streamlined version of the full-length, two-act contemporary musical (for adults and family audiences) that has been seen in regional theatres.
Lucky Duck premiered at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA, in 2000 under the title Everything's Ducky. It was later revised for a 2004 production, under its current title, at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA.
The cast includes Seth Golay, Jennie Greenberry, Katie Karel, Greg Krumins, Tosin Morohunfola, Kip Niven, Tim Scott, Emily Shackelford, Julie Shaw and Francisco "Pancho Javier" Villegas.
Lucky Duck has music direction is by Anthony T. Edwards, orchestrations by Harold Wheeler, choreography by Ernie Dolan, set design by Ryan J. Zirngibl, costume design by Georgianna Buchanan, lighting design by Jarrett Bertoncin and sound design by David Kiehl.
For tickets call (646) 223-3010. The New Victory is located at 209 West 42nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues.