PHOTO CALL: Lucky Guy, With Kyle Dean Massey, Leslie Jordan and Varla Jean Merman
By Matthew Blank
Lucky Guy, the country-fried musical comedy about a singer who dreams of Nashville stardom, plays Off-Broadway's Little Shubert Theatre. Kyle Dean Massey plays crooner Billy Ray, with Leslie Jordan and Varla Jean Merman as his obstacles.
The musical comedy written and directed by Willard Beckham opens May 19 for a limited run through July 24.
Here's how producers characterize the show: "Welcome to Nashville — a town full of colorful characters all chasing after the very same dream: a smash hit record. To beat the odds and strike gold (or, better yet, platinum), it takes one great song, serious talent, or lots of luck — and preferably all three. Featuring an array of musical styles with salutes to Country, Broadway, Vaudeville, Bluegrass, Pop, and even Hawaiian, Lucky Guy weaves a tale of down-home dreamers and low-down schemers all willing to do whatever it takes to come out on top in the cut-throat world of Music City, USA."
Here is a first look at the show:
Lucky Guy stars Emmy Award winner Jordan ("Will & Grace," My Trip Down the Pink Carpet), Merman (aka Jeffery Roberson) (Chicago, "Ugly Betty"), Massey (Next To Normal, Wicked), Jenn Colella (Urban Cowboy, High Fidelity), Jim Newman (Curtains, Steel Pier) and Savannah Wise (Rock of Ages, Ragtime) as Billy Ray's love interest.
The show features a quartet billed as "The Buckaroos," made up of Callan Bergmann, Xavier Cano, Wes Hart and Joshua Woodie.
The musical had a developmental run (with a different cast) produced by Goodspeed Musicals at The Norma Terris Theatre in Connectict in spring 2009. The Goodspeed staging included revisions made since earlier unrelated regional productions of the show.
Tickets are $44-$86.50 (premium seating will also be available) and are now on sale through TeleCharge.com or at (212) 239-6200 and at The Little Shubert Theatre box office (422 W. 42nd Street — between 9th and Dyer Avenues) Monday-Saturday from noon to 6 PM.
Visit Lucky Guy online at www.luckyguythemusical.com.
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