Krieger-Russell's Everything's Ducky Has Premiere in CA, Jan. 19-Feb 13

News   Krieger-Russell's Everything's Ducky Has Premiere in CA, Jan. 19-Feb 13 Composer Henry Krieger and lyricist-librettist Bill Russell, known for their serious-minded Broadway musical, Side Show, are opting for silly in 2000, with the world premiere of Everything's Ducky, a take on the Ugly Ducking fable.
Serena (Angela Robinson, center) receives attention from Drake (Michael McEachran, left) and Baron Wolf (David McDonald, right).
Serena (Angela Robinson, center) receives attention from Drake (Michael McEachran, left) and Baron Wolf (David McDonald, right). (Photo by Photo by David Allen.)

Composer Henry Krieger and lyricist-librettist Bill Russell, known for their serious-minded Broadway musical, Side Show, are opting for silly in 2000, with the world premiere of Everything's Ducky, a take on the Ugly Ducking fable.

The new tuner begins previews Jan. 19 in a presentation by TheatreWorks of Palo Alto, CA. Official opening for the musical, about a "country chick's journey to big-city swandom," is Jan. 22 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Performances continue to Feb. 13.

Director Gip Hoppe helms the story of Serena, a young duckling whose appearance is mocked by the barnyard folk. She leaves to find love and success in the big city and ends up in an underground club called Poultry in Motion, where young ducks fall prey to wolves. She escapes and meets a fashion photographer and a fashion exec who turn her into a supermodel.

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Scotland Road, Three Viewings) co-scripted with Russell.

An extension of Krieger and Russell's beauty-and-freak themes in Side Show, about conjoined twins who play vaudeville, Everything's Ducky has a serious core underneath its bright shell, the authors say. "It's about acquiring self-esteem, taking each day with a plucky attitude, and not letting anyone make you feel like you aren't good enough," Krieger, who also wrote tunes to Dreamgirls, said in a statement.

Everything's Ducky stars Angela Robinson (Paper Mill Playhouse's Dreamgirls) as Serena and Michael McEachran (Broadway's Little Me) as Prince Drake. The company includes Gina Ferrall, Danny Burstein, Karen Murphy, J.B. Wing, Andrea Chamberlain, David McDonald, Josh Prince and Bobby Daye.

Director Hoppe is also a playwright, knownfor Jackie: An American Life. Linda Goodrich choreographs.

Designers are Robert Bissinger (set) and Beaver Bauer (costumes).

Tickets are $20-$37. Call (650) 903-6000 for information.

-- By Kenneth Jones