Lucky Guy, a Country-Flavored Musical Starring Beach, Gets Goodspeed Life

News   Lucky Guy, a Country-Flavored Musical Starring Beach, Gets Goodspeed Life Tony Award winner Gary Beach, of Broadway's The Producers, Beauty and the Beast and La Cage aux Folles, will star in Goodspeed Musicals' spring production of Lucky Guy, to play the Connecticut Company's developmental space, the Norma Terris Theatre.
Gary Beach
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The new musical comedy by composer-lyricist-librettist Willard Beckham has been revised and refined since earlier regional productions. It will play the Terris in Chester, CT, May 14-June 14.

Here's how Goodspeed bills the show: "Come meet the down-home dreamers and low-down schemers of Music City, USA. Set in the colorful world of Nashville, Lucky Guy is a laugh-filled look at the country music scene. Watch out for the Queen of Country Music and Biggest Used Car Dealer who will stop at nothing for a new hit record. They'll use every trick in the book to get the prize-winning singing cowboy and his song into their clutches. Will this devious duo prevail? Or will our hero end up a Lucky Guy? Don't miss this original musical comedy packed with plenty of action and toe-tapping songs the whole family will enjoy."

Beckham is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music. He made his debut as a composer-lyricist at Carnegie Hall and was commissioned to write the first musical comedy ever produced in Korea, Magic in the Mirror, directed by Baayork Lee. As a performer, Beckham toured with the first and second national companies of No, No, Nanette. On Broadway, he originated the roles of Geoffrey in Something's Afoot and Richard Tidewell in The Utter Glory of Morrisey Hall.

Lucky Guy will feature a cast of ten including Beach, who won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Roger De Bris in the The Producers. Beach earned Tony Award nominations for Best Actor in Beauty and the Beast and La Cage aux Folles. His other Broadway credits include 1776, Annie and Les Misérables. Additional casting will be announced.

Lucky Guy director and choreographer Warren Carlyle returns to Goodspeed Musicals where he previously choreographed The Baker's Wife at The Norma Terris Theater and the Goodspeed Opera House hit Pirates of Penzance. His current gig is the March 26-29 Encores! concert of Finian's Rainbow. He directed and choreographed Tale of Two Cities on Broadway. The musical director of Lucky Guy is Antony Geralis. Music supervisor will be Todd Ellison who will also provide the orchestrations.

The creative team includes scenic designer Walt Spangler, costume designer five-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long and lighting designer Ken Billington.

Lucky Guy is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

Goodspeed shows at the Norma Terris are not open to critics, as the space is designed as a safe haven for writers to develop their material in front of audiences.

For more information call (860) 873-8668 or visit www.goodspeed.org.